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Xander Schauffele explains free drop ruling during round one of Wells Fargo Championship

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During Thursday’s opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Xander Schauffele blasted his tee shot in the woods to the right of the fairway on the par-4 8th hole.

The ball was almost not found, but Xander’s group managed to track it down just before the three-minute time limit was reached.

When the ball was found, it was just beyond the penalty area close to a fence. In the moment, it seemed incredibly unlikely that Schauffele would be able to hit the ball through the trees towards the green.

However, through the woods and above the fairway, there was a hanging wire from a ShotLink tower that Xander claimed was in his way. He was then granted relief, and two club lengths from the spot positioned him all the way out of trouble. He played his ball onto the front of the green and two-putted for par.

Here is the full video of the interaction between Schauffele and the rules official.

After the round, Xander said he “got really lucky.”

“Got really lucky multiple times, on 1 with Wyndham finding it, 2, being able to move the rocks, and 3, the ShotLink tower being in like my only shot line possible. To walk out there with sort of a no breeze 4 with what I thought was almost out was a really good break.”

“Yeah, I hit it in the trees. My ball was probably like a foot, two feet from the fence. If I — ball was here, fence was kind of here, hitting back this direction.

“If I went towards the green, the fence kind of worked this way so I had what I could hit, a 4-iron or something low and just kind of run it through. If it gets stuck, I’ll just kind of hit my next one out. But I brought the rules official in there with me because I was like, you’ve got to be OK with this because this is literally the only shot I can hit.”

“So Austin [Kaiser] and I moved two massive rocks that weren’t embedded and then I got relief out of the junk and then hit a pretty good shot on the green from there. What was a very stressful moment turned into a pretty stressless par.”

Schauffele finished the round at seven under, which gives him a three-shot lead going into Friday’s second round.

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‘Most overrated course in the world!’ – Major champ rips ‘awful’ Pinehurst No. 2

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While it’s still early in the 2024 U.S. Open, it appears that most players and fans are enjoying the test the Pinehurst No. 2 provides.

Rory McIlroy, who got off to a strong start in round one, raved about the course after shooting a bogey-free 65 (-5).

“It sort of brings me back to links golf when I was a kid a little bit. The greens are a bit more sort of slopey and there’s a bit more movement on them. But there’s options. You can chip it. You can putt it. I’d love if we played more golf courses like this.”

However, former Open Champion, Mark Calcavecchia, is not a fan of Pinehurst No. 2 and expressed those sentiments on X.

When asked to expand upon his opinion, Calcavecchia explained why he doesn’t like the course.

Round two of the U.S. Open is underway and it seems as if we will get some fireworks over the weekend.

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‘The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring’ – Brooks Koepka opts to skip media requests at U.S. Open

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After his first round at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka declined to have a traditional post-round interview. Instead, the five-time major champion opted to do a text message interview with Golf Channel/Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch.

Lynch’s first question was to ask why Brooks decided to do the interview over text.

“I opted not to do ‘em just because I didn’t feel like it. Same questions every week. The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring. I know I’m not a media favorite either so it’s not like anyone will notice. LOL.”

Lynch followed up by asking if creative questions would create more “bulletin board” material for Koepka.

“No, definitely not. It’s a major. I have enough self-motivation. I could think of way more creative questions than ‘Do you think the course is borderline? What happened on those bogeys? What went well?’ Then some LIV versus PGA Tour questions.”

Koepka will look to build off of a solid first round at Pinehurst No. 2 where he shot an even-par 70.

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AimPoint under attack again as footage from U.S. Open enrages golf fans

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On Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open, the putting technique “AimPoint” was once again under attack due to the slow play it seems to create.

The video that drew attention this time was one of Viktor Hovland and Max Homa parading around the green simultaneously.

Gabby Herzig of the Athletic wrote,

“I’ve been anti-AimPoint since my junior golf days when girls would stomp all over my line to read their 4-foot putts. We’ve reached a new level of disgrace. Literally what is happening here.”

The popular X account wrote, “Imagine playing behind these lads on a Saturday afternoon ?”

Whether or not you’re a fan of AimPoint, there’s no denying it looks a bit ridiculous at times.

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