Shots of the Week
Obviously Justin Thomas did not win his first major this past weekend, but he did manage to lock down both of our Shots of the Week with two truly mind-blowing efforts on Saturday. The first came with his putter on the 5th hole, when Thomas holed one of the most incredible putts that you will ever see:
The other shot came on Thomas’ final hole of the day when the 24-year-old hit a 299-yard 3-wood to just eight feet!
Thomas made the eagle putt for a 9-under 63 on the day, breaking Johnny Miller’s 44-year-old record for lowest single round to par in US Open history!
Home on the Range
No one expected Dustin Johnson to miss the cut at the lengthy Erin Hills last week. Although, in retrospect, it really shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise if you consider the world No. 1’s condensed preparations for the US Open. Rather than flying out early to Wisconsin last week, Johnson, who recently welcomed the birth of his second child, decided to stay at home with his family until Tuesday afternoon. DJ got in an abbreviated practice round late Tuesday night, but when the South Carolinian arrived to practice on Wednesday, the weather took a turn for the worse and Johnson was unable to use the driving range. Fortunately, the defending US Open champion was crafty and constructed a makeshift driving range in the backyard of his rental home. Johnson appeared to be hitting the ball pretty straight in the following videos.
However, he just couldn’t seem to find that type of accuracy with his driver on Thursday and Friday and spent a large portion of those rounds in the fescue recovering from wayward tee shots.
Like DJ, Spanish rookie Jon Rahm also missed the cut last week at Erin Hills after spending a disproportionate amount of time in the tall grass on Thursday and Friday. Rahm struggled throughout his opening round and only got more frustrated in his second round, when the rookie broke down on the back nine and threw a hilarious temper tantrum on the course. Rahm cursed, threw clubs and bunker rakes, and punched signs en route to a second-round 73 and the first missed cut of his young career.
Kevin Van Valkenburg was on site and live-tweeted Rahm’s meltdown in its entirety.
After his round, Rahm tried to justify his tantrum by comparing himself to an enclosed bottle of soda that has been shaken. “Imagine a Coca-Cola bottle. You shake it once. You shake it again. Once you open, it’s a complete mess,” the 22-year-old said. “That’s what happens when I try to keep it down. I’m going to miss a shot that’s not that bad and I’m going to lose it. Sometimes, I need to get mad.”
A Week for the Brook(e)s!
While Brooks Koepka was wrapping up his first career major in Wisconsin, Canadian Brooke Henderson was busy earning her fourth career LPGA victory at the Meijer LPGA Classic in neighbouring Michigan. Henderson had not won on the LPGA Tour since her victory at the Women’s LPGA Championship last June and had been experiencing somewhat of a disappointing season. However, the Smiths Falls, Ont. native snapped out of that extended funk last week with scores of 61, 65, 67 and 66 to defeat American’s Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie by two strokes. The 19-year-old played particularly well on Sunday, finding 11 of 12 fairways and hitting 16 greens in regulation in her final round. The victory moves Henderson into a two-way tie with Lorie Kane for the second most LPGA Tour wins all-time by a Canadian player. Only Oakville’s Sandra Post has more with eight victories.
Video of the Week
Who hasn’t tried something like this before?