Brooks Koepka ‘not an enormous fan’ of U.S. Open host, LACC


Brooks Koepka sits at even par after 36 holes of the U.S. Open.

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LOS ANGELES — If it looks like this U.S. Open lacks a little bit of pop within the early going, maybe that’s as a result of the opinions are at an all-time low. Gamers have roughly clammed up. 

The instability of professional golf has everybody on edge about sharing their inside ideas. A lot stays unknown that they’d all quite keep quiet. However fellas, that is the U.S. Open, the place course design and technique and firmness and tough size and bunker sand create the final word platform for sharing one’s ideas. Which aspect would win over — the lean towards silence or the annual custom of analyzing a serious championship setup? 

The previous held sturdy over the primary 18 holes of this championship however lastly, after the second spherical, we heard from one participant who isn’t satisfied about Los Angeles Nation Membership: Brooks Koepka. 

The 5-time main winner is in the home at even par after 36 holes. Usually, that’s proper the place he needs to be. When requested what a U.S. Open setup ought to be, that was his fast reply: round par. However we’re nowhere close to round par. When Koepka spoke, the 18-hole leaders teed off behind him, beginning their second rounds at eight underneath. 

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“I’m not an enormous fan of this place,” Koepka stated. He wasn’t stern or upset. Extra calculated than something. “I simply assume that there’s a — I’m not an enormous fan of blind tee photographs, after which I believe there’s just a few spots that it doesn’t matter what you hit, the ball simply leads to the identical spot. 

“I believe it might be extra enjoyable to play on similar to a daily spherical than it might be a U.S. Open. I imply, there’s, what, two [eight-under rounds] yesterday. That doesn’t occur.”

He’s not improper. Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele’s matching 62s on Thursday have been the primary and second 62s in U.S. Open historical past. He’s not improper in regards to the assortment areas both. Just a few holes at LACC have decidedly blind tee photographs, and some others have quite outlined assortment zones. 

One factor the setup has going for it’s that nobody within the subject, Koepka included, appears to be calling it an unfair take a look at. That adjective will get tossed round at main championships yearly. The course would possibly simply not match his eye, however it’s undoubtedly not “tricked up,” he stated.

The one place the place it may get harder could be on the greens, including, “however I don’t know in case you can. Then it is perhaps fascinating, that’s for certain.”

He is perhaps proper about that, too. In response to decrease scores on a shorter setup Thursday, all of Friday’s tees have been moved again, extending the structure to a maxed-out size of seven,423 yards.

There are actually a number of holes at LACC the place the fairways result in apparent assortment zones. On the left is the par-4 third and on the fitting is the par-5 eighth.


Regardless of all that, the present goes on. Koepka admitted he’s gained tournaments on programs he hasn’t notably cherished previously. And as for his shock on the low scores, effectively, he’s going to search out loads of firm, beginning with certainly one of his enjoying companions. 

“Sure, the course has performed possibly a little bit simpler than everybody thought it might,” Rory McIlroy stated after reaching eight underneath himself. “However wouldn’t be shocked on Saturday, Sunday to see it chew again, which — going again to your query — I really feel is what a U.S. Open is all about. It ought to be powerful. It ought to be simply as a lot of a psychological grind on the market as a bodily one.”


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