The 18: Notes from the U.S. Open

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. 

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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Brooks Koepka, Erin Hills and a non-traditional U.S. Open

The 2017 U.S. Open was not a traditional U.S. Open.

Brooks Koepka walked away as the winner, posting a 16-under par total at Erin Hills, making him only the third player to win the U.S. Open with a score that reached double digits under par. He joined Rory McIlroy, who also shot -16 and dominated a wet and soft Congressional in 2011, and the LOL performance from Tiger in 2000 when he ended up fifteen clear of the field at -12. In fact, coming into the week, only Rory and Tiger had ever finished a U.S. Open in double digits under par. No one else in 2000 or 2011 was able to crack that barrier, nor was anyone else in the history of a championship that dates back to 1895. Hogan, Nicklaus, Jones, Palmer, Player, and literally everyone else not named Tiger or Rory have been able to get to that kind of number at the U.S. Open and stay there. Now, you can add Koepka to that list. You can also add Hideki Matsuyama, Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Xander Schauffele to that group. You can probably also add a lot of money to your bank account if this question somehow comes up in conversation at a bar one night.

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The 18: Berger repeats in Memphis

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. 

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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The 18: Duf Daddy wins the Memorial

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. 

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday. I missed last week due to a combination of being on vacation/getting my wisdom teeth out, but I should be back on track now. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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On Alex Noren’s BMW PGA Championship win and the OWGR

The Official World Golf Rankings are not a perfect system.

Thousands of players take part in hundreds of tournaments across nineteen eligible tours each year, and while the rankings are weighted towards recent performance, points earned in events from the previous two years are accounted for in the rankings. Field strength, based on the quality of tour and number of top players playing in the event, determine the amount of points available each week. If it sounds complicated, it’s probably because it kinda is, but when you involve that many players and tours in a ranking system, chances are you’re not going to be able to come up with something that’s both simple and effective. I have no idea if world number 52 Yuta Ikeda is a better player than number 103 Bud Cauley, and I don’t think anyone can really come up with a system that tells us that definitively when they don’t play in the same events.

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May 26th Mailbag: Phil, Romo’s broadcast career and defining slumps

Full mailbag this month with lots of interesting questions. As always, keep the questions coming on Twitter or send them to my e-mail: adamrsarson@gmail.com

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The 18: Horschel wins the Nelson

The 18 is a look at eighteen stories from the previous week or so in the world of golf, and they will usually be on stories that I didn’t dedicate a full post towards. Expect a combination of thoughts, GIFs, images and anything else that caught my eye from the past seven days. Some will be longer thoughts, and others will be no more than a line or two. 

The 18 will (hopefully) run every Tuesday, but has been on hiatus for the last two weeks thanks to #BlogCabin. You can catch up on previous versions of The 18 right here.

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Q&A with Mackenzie Hughes on his PLAYERS debut

After a T16 finish in his debut at the PLAYERS, I spoke with Mackenzie Hughes about the week, his thoughts on the changes to the par-4 12th and much more. Check it out at theScore.

5 thoughts on the first 2 rounds at THE PLAYERS Championship

Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley are the co-leaders of the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Five thoughts on the event and where we stand has been posted at theScore.