Orsett Golf Club PGA Golf Professional
The US Open - Erin Hills
Brooks Koepka overpowered the longest course in US Open history to win his first Major Championship of his career. The American who had learnt much of his trade playing in Europe on both Challenge and main Tours crushed the course to bits and just broke the other contenders' hearts on the back nine with a great display of iron shots and holing out.
With nine holes to play it was all tight with 4 players still in with a chance and a charging Matsuyama. I say that in the kindest sense considering the speed he plays at. Even his backswing comes to a halt! Koepka just played sublime, I suppose much of his control was down to his Mizuno JPX 900 Tour irons. An ex Nike player, he like many others without a contract have switched to the Japanese Club maker without payment, although that may about to change I think. Not the prettiest motion but certainly among the longest, the American didn`t need to worry about the "Long Fescue".
Did anyone else get fed up hearing about it all week? Talk about the golf people! We have the opportunity to gauge out of it every week it's not anything new, many of the competitors though did feel it was unfair. Sadly for the event so many of the household names we come to expect had missed the cut which left Ricky Fowler with his big break through. Sadly "Rickeeee" couldn`t get it done and even Mr 63, Justin Thomas`s game dried up Sunday. Perhaps he ran out of energy after hitting two 3 metals 608 yards for an eagle on the last to create US Open history with a 9 Under score on moving day?
Many players said they liked the course. Rory felt "if you can`t keep it between the fescue, 80 yards apart at times, should you be there?" Did that include air shots too, like Paul Casey's whiff on Saturday? Apart from the fescue, - theirs that word again, Paul McGinleys contradictory commentary and Butch stating the obvious the event was a pretty good watch. The course played out fair in the end, had the weather been worse it might have been carnage and the first aiders might have been over worked with wrist injuries. Mind you bad weather might have just kept the galleries a little quieter who continually shout out just after a players shot. Butch was right in asking the question. "Can't we throw these idiots out?"
With the Open just around the corner at Birkdale, hometown boy Tommy Fleetwood will be getting really excited. A great 4th place for the Lancashire star at Erin Hills will give him the belief he has the ability to compete for greater things. He did everything so well, kept a smile on his face and appeared to be enjoying the challenge. He will have a huge following next month in Southport.
Bones Break Up
Breaking news that Phil Mickleson has split from Jim 'Bones' McKay after 25 years together.
The team has won 5 majors, including our very own claret jug which Phil narrowly missed out on again last year to Henrik Stenson. Maybe Bones is looking towards a new player with Phil possibly in the twilight of his career. Could it be John Rahm, one of the best of the youngsters around at the minute? Let me know who you think Bones should work for?
Or maybe the tour has just had enough of their long conversations between each shot and they finally run out of things to talk about?
Anyway it's been a formidable partnership over the year and I wish them both all the best with two majors on the horizon and a Ryder cup next year. Here's their partnership in numbers.
This coming Monday June 26th between 2.00pm - 6.00pm is our Titleist fitting afternoon. They have been coming thick and fast this month and this one is no different. We do have a few spots available to try the award winning 917 metals, AP irons and of course the vast array of Vokey SM6 wedges.
Contact us the usual way and book an appointment.
Captains Charity Day - This Saturday
Of course there is still time to support Andy's chosen charity. Either get three other friends and enter a team into the event or get in touch with us and we may be able to get you in a team who need a player.
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For those not liking the current heatwave and missing the wet and soft ground conditions look no further. Late last week a sprinkler broke flooding the first fairway. Fortunately it was able to be cut off, repaired and back to normal in 24 hours!
For us who enjoy "egg throwing" the first test is happening this weekend when the Lions take on the mighty All Blacks. All the provincial matches have been warm ups and the real games are now upon us. A chance for players to become legends and forever household names in the world of Rugby Union. The team has been evolving nicely with the odd change from Head Coach Warren Gatland's initial thoughts. Even Tour Captain Sam Warburton hasn`t been guaranteed his place. It will be a great series with no quarter given and may in the end come down to injuries and who is left standing on either team. The lions look really formidable in certain areas of the team with cover to boot. It`s hard to play matches without showing their hand to watching opposition and have been criticised for some of their rugby .These will be great matches ,uncompromising, the need for bravery and even leaving your body where it doesn`t belong at times. I can`t wait for it all to start.
With July just around the corner next week nearly all the players will be known for this years Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. We will be rolling out our sweepstake at the same time, £5.00 per pick, with as always, numerous prizes. Keep an eye out because it fills up extremely quickly and you may miss out on the fun.
Have a good weekend regards, David
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