U.S. Open soundbites: JT says followers of weird will love Winged Foot
The interview space was busy Tuesday at Winged Foot, as a number of of the most important names in golf, from Tiger Woods to Rory McIlroy to Justin Thomas, took to the rostrum to subject questions in regards to the upcoming 120th U.S. Open.
Among the many matters was how powerful Winged Foot will play this week in its first U.S. Open since 2006.
“It’s most likely the toughest golf course I’ve ever performed,” stated Justin Thomas. “… However that being stated, I am not going into it scared. I am unable to play tentative. I am unable to solely attempt to make pars. If I’ve a scoring membership, I must attempt to make a birdie. However then if I get in bother, I simply must get out.”
Listed below are among the finest soundbites from Tuesday:
“I’ve by no means skilled so many instances the place you can use a backstop on a putt, which is an odd factor to say and doubtless image, listening to me say it, however I’ve hit a number of lag putts the previous few days, and as a rule I can like use a slope previous the outlet to get to the place a pin goes to be, which could be very weird.
“It’s, it’s exhausting to inform on TV, however yeah, the viewers at residence are going to see some fairly weird stuff and doubtless a number of putts and chips that make us look fairly unhealthy. In the event you’re into that stuff, then you are going to like this week.”
“I am hitting it so far as I presumably can up there. Even when it is within the tough, I can nonetheless get it to the entrance edge or the center of the greens with pitching wedges or 9-irons. That is the great thing about my size and that benefit.
“Now, clearly, if it is into the wind and there is a few of these conditions occurring, it is going to be completely different. There’s sure holes I’d lay up on simply due to the state of affairs, however for essentially the most half I’ll be attempting to go after it as a lot as I presumably can. … Even when I hit it within the tough, I nonetheless really feel like I could make birdies out right here. I nonetheless really feel like I can run it up the center of the inexperienced and make a 20-footer.”
“I do not suppose the lengthy hitters actually ever get penalized due to tough as a result of I believe you are going to have an enormous benefit any time you get the golf ball within the fairway, I’ll be hitting wedges the place guys are going to be hitting longer irons in there. From that, I do not suppose so. If I can have an opportunity, possibly if I get an honest lie with a wedge, I wish to have an opportunity to get it on the inexperienced, the place a shorter hitter misses a fairway, and so they’re not going to have the ability to advance a 7-iron.”
How typically will Tiger use driver this week? Effectively, that relies upon
“I believe it will get more durable to win [majors] as all of us age. I believe that once you’re in your prime, in your peak years, you need to benefit from these alternatives in order that once you get to the all-time marks, you could have the chance. I believe that whether or not it is Rafa or Fed or Serena, they have been so constant and so dominant for such an extended time frame, that is the way you get to — you’ll be able to have these all-time marks. Consistency over an extended time frame is the hallmark of these data.”
“[Tiger Woods and I] have been speaking about Winged Foot someplace earlier within the yr earlier than the cease, and he stated the one factor I am going to inform you about Winged Foot, Billy Casper received the U.S. Open laying up on the third gap day by day. I am like, okay. I heard comparable tales about Ben Hogan hitting it quick on function on the sixth gap at Oakmont. Similar tales about Ben Hogan saying if he ever hit the inexperienced on 11 at Augusta, he had pulled it.
“You recognize, it is simply generally you choose your technique and when you pull it off, you pull it off. It is so simple as that. However as soon as Tiger instructed me that, it made me conscious that clearly it is a very troublesome golf course.”
“I had thought [I hadn’t been to Winged Foot before], however I assume anyone was telling me I performed a NetJets outing right here 10 or 11 years in the past, however I wish to say I do not suppose we performed the West Course. I believe we performed the opposite one as a result of I did not bear in mind one gap, so we will need to have performed the opposite course.”
Morikawa: Love taking part in programs the place par is nice
“Strolling right here as a significant champion, you could have a way of realizing get issues completed. Sure, I’ve solely completed it as soon as, however I’ve completed it. You simply need extra. You get that little style of what it is like, and you recognize why guys mark of their calendars the main championships for the yr.”
“This course is somewhat completely different than it was in earlier championships, so there is not a lot knowledge to look again on and see what different guys did. You concentrate on the final main championship performed right here in ’06, the sport has modified dramatically since then within the final 14 years. The sport is completely different. Different stops that we go to all year long, you’ll be able to look again on earlier years – just like the 10th at Riviera, for instance. You could have knowledge for that yearly. Everybody is aware of by now one of the best ways to play that gap is to go for the inexperienced. That is one of the best ways to make a 3. However right here you do not actually have that. It is a matter of taking part in apply rounds, getting snug.
“Actually, on the sixth gap I am extra snug hitting a driver up on the inexperienced than I’m hitting a 3-iron for a layup. That gap is actually one which fits my eye and fits hitting a lower driver in there. And hitting photographs from the entrance bunker there yesterday, it looks like when you’re in that entrance bunker, it is fairly good to most pin positions. After which on 11, I do not see many individuals hitting driver on 11. You’ll be able to carry that bunker on the left, however then the green is sort of a hog’s again. It simply does not appear as if a ball can keep in that fairway when you carry it over. That is one thing I might simply be attempting to hit one thing right down to the underside of the outlet and hitting a 9-iron or a wedge in.”