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The Travelers Championship 2024: WITB Scottie Scheffler

After an exciting season start, Scottie Scheffler secured the win back at the Players Championship 2024, the Masters Tournament 2024 and the RBC Heritage. Scheffler continued to rely on TaylorMade and the new Spider Tour X putter, which his Tour colleague and TaylorMade staff player Rory McIlroy recommended to him in March and won back to back. After his win at The Memorial Tournament, Scheffler books in his sixth win of the season at the Travelers Championship 2024.

WITB Scottie Scheffler for the Travelers Championship 2024

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 (8°)

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3 wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15°)

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Driving Irons: Srixon ZU85 (3, 4)

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Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (5-PW)

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Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (50, 56)

Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks Proto (60.5)

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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WITB: Bryson DeChambeau Wins the US Open 2024 With Irons From the 3D Printer

Bryson DeChambeau plays his way to victory at the US Open 2024 with a series of prototypes from the 3D printer. A look inside the Major winner’s bag shows a mixture of innovative designs and well-known classics from Ping and Titleist.

A look inside Bryson DeChambeau’s bag

As a driver and 3-wood, the long hitter relies on the Krank Formula Fire series with an LA Golf shaft specially developed for Bryson. With a 5 degree loft, the American gets the maximum out of his driver and uses his swing speed to maximise his distance from the tee. The DeChambeau special shaft is also used for the three wood, here too his choice is below the standard for this wood with a 12 degree loft.

The irons in his bag have two special features. As “one length” irons, they all have the same shaft length and should have the advantage that every shot can be played the same way. Regardless of the loft of the club, the swing does not change and should therefore provide more consistency. In addition, the heads are all 3D-printed and specially designed according to DeChambeau’s requirements.

For the wedges, he opts for the Ping Glide 4.0, the brand’s latest performance wedge. The wedges aim to score points with a soft elastomer insert in combination with carbon steel. There are also significantly more grind and loft options available in the latest version of the wedges.

The armlock putter comes from SIK and the Pro C-Series, combined with the Left Dash Pro V1x golf ball from Titleist, DeChambeau has a strong record on the greens with just one three putt for the whole tournament.

Bryson DeChambeau’s U.S. Open Winner-WITB

Driver: Krank Formula Fire Pro (LA Golf Bryson Series shaft), 5 degree loft

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (LA Golf Bryson Series shaft), 12 degree loft

Irons: Avoda Prototype (LA Golf Bryson Series shaft), 5-PW

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (LA Golf Bryson Series shaft), 46-12S @ 45, 50-12S, 56, 60

Putter: SIK Pro C-Series Armlock/LA Golf Proto (LA Golf C2L-180 shaft, JumboMax JumboFlat 17 grip)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

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Rory McIlroy Loses US Open 2024 Duel Against Bryson DeChambeau

Rory McIlroy startet his final day of the US Open 2024 right. With a birdie on hole 1 he set a tone for the day and continued to showcase impressive shots. His duel with Bryson DeChambeau was thrilling to watch and neither one was ready to let go.

US Open 2024 Final: Unrivalled Excitement

After 13 holes McIlroy was able to gain a two shot lead before the American but wasn’t able to hold it long with two bogeys following on holes 15 and 16. The later one caused by a triple putt. McIlroy fell back to -6 and a shared lead with just two holes to go. He saved par on 17 and went on to the 18th hole. After slight trouble he left himself a good par opportunity but, again failed to deliver and missed his chance for a playoff by a few centimeters right of the hole. The bogey signed the deal for DeChambeau, who took the win with an impressive par-safe on the last hole and left McIlroy with another second spot at a major championship.

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US Open 2024: DeChambeau Pockets Highest Major Prize Money Of All Time

The US Open 2024 at Pinehurst No. 2 is once again making a leap forward in terms of prize money, even surpassing the Masters Tournament in April. The stars shared a prize money pool of 21.5 million dollars this year. The increase of a further 1.5 million dollars compared to the previous year also raises the winner’s share from 3.6 million to 4.3 million dollars. In comparison, the Masters had prize money of 20 million, the PGA Championship “only” 18.5 million dollars.

The Purse and Prize Money For the US Open 2024

Position Player Prize Money
1 Bryson DeChambeau $4,300,000
2 Rory McIlroy $2,322,000
T3 Tony Finau, Patrick Cantlay $1,229,051
5 Matthieu Pavon $843,765
6 Hideki Matsuyama $748,154
T7 Russell Henley, Xander Schauffele $639,288.50
T9 Sam Burns, Davis Thompson, Corey Conners $502,391.33
T12 Sergio Garcia, Ludvig Aberg $409,279
T14 Thomas Detry, Collin Morikawa $351,369.50
T16 Tommy Fleetwood, Akshay Bhatia, Taylor Pendrith $299,218
T19 Shane Lowry, Aaron Rai $255,758.50
T21 Max Greyserman, Daniel Berger, Min Woo Lee, Stephan Jaeger, Brian Harman $203,607.20
T26 Brooks Koepka, Zac Blair, Chris Kirk, Neal Shipley (a), Tom Kim, Tyrrell Hatton $149,971
T32 Adam Scott, Si Woo Kim, Sahith Theegala, Keegan Bradley, Isaiah Salinda, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Cameron Smith, J.T. Poston, Denny McCarthy $105,775
T41 Frankie Capan III, Harris English, Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler, Tom McKibbin, Tim Widing, Emiliano Grillo, Billy Horschel, Luke Clanton (a) $84,376.75
T50 Justin Lower, Matt Kuchar, Nicolai Hojgaard, Mark Hubbard $48,022.25
54 Nico Echavarria $46,067
55 David Puig $45,632
T56 S.H. Kim, Ben Kohles, Ryan Fox, Sepp Straka, Greyson Sigg, Brian Campbell, Adam Svensson, Wyndham Clark $43,676.25
T64 Matthew Fitzpatrick, Francesco Molinari, Martin Kaymer $41,286
T67 Cameron Young, Brendon Todd $40,199.50
69 Dean Burmester $39,548
T70 Brandon Wu, Gunnar Broin (a) $39,113
72 Sam Bennett $38,678

The USGA About the New Purse

With over 10,000 golfers trying to qualify for the US Open, the USGA would like to give all players who made it into the 2024 US Open field at least a consolation prize, as is customary at the PGA Championship. “That got us to the 156 competitors in this field. Those competitors won’t be playing for $150 like 130 years ago, but they’ll be playing for $21.5 million, which means our winner’s purse will be a $4.3 million check to the winner. And as we always go $10,000 even, if you miss the cut because as I say every year, we really believe making the cut at the U.S. Open is about getting into the field, over 10,000 people playing for 156 spots,” Mike Whan said.

“I’ll be honest, we don’t sit in rooms and say, ‘How do we…’ We want to make sure that our purse matches how we feel about the rest of our championship, which is a life-changing difference in the game and I think we’re there and we’ll continue to monitor that,” Whan said.

“There’s probably some, if we went $1 million higher than some others, they’d just go a million and I’m not sure that’s the best answer, but I don’t think anybody who wins this week and walks away with $4.3 million, and quite frankly all of the other (things) that come with winning the US Open, is going to question whether or not that was an event that’s changing.

“We are proud of our purse. I’m proud of the fact that we as an organisation consistently ask ourselves whether or not we think we’ve got our purse right or TV right. All of those things have changed quite a bit in the last few years, and change is uncomfortable. But we’re not only keeping up with the times but hopefully at least in the landscape of majors in a lot of these cases, we’re leading and you guys can decide if that’s right or wrong, but that’s what we think.”

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US Open 2024: Scottie Scheffler With “Another Frustrating Day”

As the winds got rougher Scottie Scheffler struggled again with Pinehurst No. 2. The World No. 1 didn’t find the “groove” on the greens at the US Open 2024 moving day. With a stimp meter of around 13 they where difficult as they can be and brought Scheffler more than a few missed birdie putts and a few bogeys. With two bogeys and just one birdie on the front nine Scheffler couldn’t keep an even par score. On the back nine he stabled his score and contained even par with one birdie and one bogey. He starts round 4 with a total score of +6.

US Open 2024 – Scheffler: “I thought I played a lot better than my score”

Q. How was today?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: How was today? No, another frustrating day. Today was a day where I thought I played a lot better than my score. I’m having a lot of trouble reading these greens. I had a lot of putts today where I felt like I hit it really good. I looked up and they were not going the way I thought they were going to go. Really my swing today felt a lot better than it did yesterday. I felt like the last 27 holes I’ve played, I’ve hit it really nice, but I just haven’t been able to hit it quite close enough, which is difficult around this course. I haven’t been able to hole the putts the last few today.

Q. (Question regarding the course setup.)

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Definitely tricky pin positions. It’s going to get firmer. The sun is out. The wind is blowing enough that the greens are definitely going to dry out. I definitely in noticed that coming down the stretch. They’re getting pretty firm. With the way these runoffs are, it’s
going to be pretty challenging this afternoon. If you’re in play, with how firm the fairways are, you will be able to able to stop it. The minute you hit it out of the fairway…

Q. What are some of your goals the rest of the time here at Pinehurst?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: The rest of my time here at Pinehurst? Hit the gym this afternoon, pack up, put my feet up for the rest of the day, hang out with my little man and my wife. I’ll show up tomorrow morning ready to play. Like I said, I’ll go to the gym today, wake up in the morning, get ready to come out to the course again, see if I can learn. Like I said, the last 27 holes I played a lot better. I just haven’t been able to hole any putts. Hit a lot of putts from seven to 10 feet, where it would be good momentum for me to get going in the round. Hit the putt, it will be burning the edge. There’s another missed opportunity. So I feel like that’s a lot of what this week was for me so far. Hopefully going into tomorrow, as far as goals, I don’t really think about it. I’ll try to have a good round tomorrow.

Q. (No microphone.)

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: The game of golf is a mental torture chamber at times, especially the U.S. Open. Yeah, I thought it was challenging. The first 27 holes, I was in the native area way too much of the times. Everything felt really tough. Now that I was able to hit a lot more fairways today, it maybe felt a touch easier to me. Wouldn’t be using me as a bearing for what’s good right now. Pretty mediocre at best right now.

I think going into the major championships, especially the ones we know are going to be really challenging, it may be in my best interest not to play the week before. Like I said, that’s stuff for me to figure out later in the year. That’s some of my thoughts sitting around watching the cut.

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Equipment: The Buyer’s Guide to the Perfect Golf Shaft

Acting as the “engine” of the golf club, the shaft forms the crucial connection between the clubhead and the golfer. Its length, flexibility, kick-point, weight, and alignment profoundly influence the club’s performance, warranting a thorough examination. Our experts at HIO Fitting are here to provide detailed insights.

Types of Golf Shafts

Golf shafts come in many types and subtypes, each with distinct properties affecting the game. Modern shafts are typically made from steel, graphite, or composite materials.

The Difference in Shaft Material: Steel or Graphite

The notion of “precision with steel vs. speed with graphite” is debunked by HIO Fitting experts. Golfers comfortable with graphite shafts will achieve precise shots, and those handling steel’s weight won’t necessarily swing faster with lighter graphite shafts. The increased swing speed associated with lighter shafts is due to their reduced weight, not their material.

Technological advancements from 2000 to 2015 have nullified the old belief that steel shafts offer more precision. Graphite shafts now dominate woods, while steel shafts are still preferred in hybrids for power players. The advantage of graphite in long clubs lies in their lighter weight and customizable profiles.

Steel Shafts

Heavier and stiffer, steel shafts suit players with high swing speeds and are cost-effective to produce. Typically weighing between 90g and 130g, they offer flexes from Regular to Extra Stiff (R-X). Though technically feasible, making steel shafts lighter and softer is prohibitively expensive.

Graphite Shafts

Our HIO Fitting experts dispel common myths about graphite shafts:

  • Graphite shafts are durable and don’t wear out or become fatigued.
  • Modern graphite shafts offer stability and precision even for high swing speeds.
  • They provide a consistent feel, ideal for perfect iron sets.

Graphite shafts are manufactured by wrapping graphite tape with epoxy resin around a steel spindle. After heating, the spindle is removed, and the shaft is ground, cut, and painted.

The primary advantage of graphite shafts is their low weight. Available from 29 grams in woods to 39 grams in irons, they can also weigh up to 125 grams, matching steel shafts in weight. Graphite shafts cater to all flex variants, from “Ultra-Light” to “X-Stiff,” accommodating every swing speed. They are also beneficial for golfers with joint issues due to their vibration dampening properties and can be customized to individual preferences.

Multi-Material Shafts

Multi-material shafts, which emerged in the mid-2010s, combine the best properties of steel and graphite, revolutionizing irons and wedges. New methods to incorporate steel fibers into graphite have made these shafts stiffer and lighter.

High-End Carbon Fibers

Innovations in the 2020s have introduced pure graphite shafts with advanced carbon fiber structures, like Mitsubishi Chemical’s “Braided Carbon Technology,” integrating new fibers like 1K Carbon Fiber or MR70. These shafts achieve high stiffness at low weights, with some as light as 30 grams or customizable in weight distribution.

Key Golf Shaft Terminology

What is Flex?

Flex refers to the shaft’s ability to bend, categorized into Ladies/Light (L), Amateur (A), Senior (S), Regular (R), Stiff (S), and Extra Stiff (XS). Flex levels vary by manufacturer, lacking a unified standard. Flex is measured by the shaft’s vibration frequency (CPM) before installation. During fitting, stiffness is adjusted by trimming the narrower end (tip trimming).

The Impact of Flex on Ball Flight and Feel

A shaft that’s too soft bends excessively, resulting in higher trajectories and leftward spins, while a stiff shaft does the opposite. However, HIO Fitting experts note that these effects vary among golfers. During fitting, flex is tailored to swing speed and golfer development, with a focus on feel and control.

Driver Distance and Corresponding Flex

  • Ladies Flex: Driver distance less than 175 yards (160 meters).
  • Senior or A Flex: Driver distance 175 – 210 yards (160 – 190 meters).
  • Regular Flex: Driver distance 210 – 240 yards (190 – 220 meters).
  • Stiff Flex: Driver distance 240 – 275 yards (220 – 250 meters).
  • X-Stiff Flex: Driver distance over 275 yards (250 meters).

What is Torque?

Torque measures the shaft’s twisting under load, impacting the clubface on off-center hits. Lower torque means less twisting but a stiffer feel, potentially losing feedback and distance. Finding the right torque value is essential for individual swing speeds.

What is a Kick-Point?

The kick-point is where the shaft bends most during a swing, influencing feel and ball flight trajectory. High kick-points result in lower ball flights, while low kick-points lead to higher trajectories.

The Weight of the Shaft

Shaft weight, measured in grams, affects clubhead speed and distance. Lighter shafts increase speed, while heavier ones provide stability. Proper weight distribution can significantly improve coordination and reduce mishits.

The Length of the Golf Shaft

Correct shaft length, determined by measuring the wrist crease to the ground, is crucial. Longer shafts increase distance but require repeatable, solid shots for consistency. Accurate fitting prevents distance loss due to off-center impacts.

Better to Get Fitted Than to Guess

Fitting, once exclusive to tour players, is now widely accessible. An experienced fitter can demystify shaft selection through a comprehensive fitting process, including static and dynamic fitting, ball flight analysis, and personalized adjustments.

How Can the Right Shafts Improve Your Game?

Hitting Further

A lighter shaft or optimized ball flight parameters through dynamic fitting can increase distance.

Hitting Straighter

A stiffer or heavier shaft can reduce dispersion, but lab conditions are recommended for comparison. Properly bent angles in irons and wedges also help.

Hitting Higher

Light shafts with low kick-points or heads with deep, rearward centers of gravity produce higher flights through increased backspin.

Hitting Lower

Heavy shafts with high kick-points or heads with forward centers of gravity achieve lower flights with reduced backspin.

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US Open 2024 – Scottie Scheffler: “It Will Be a Fun Test”

With Pinehurst No. 2 in top conditions and the greens as fast as they could make it, Scottie Scheffler really looks forward to a tough challenge. In his press conference before the US Open 2024 the world number one reflects on previous US Opens and how the play differs in this years major venue.

Scottie Scheffler: “You have to step up and make great shot to win the US Open 2024”

Q. Overall reaction to the course from today?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, the course is great. In good shape. I think the areas around the green are extremely difficult to play out of. I think the golf course is going to play pretty tough this week, but it’ll be a fun test.

I think the golf course is great. It’s extremely challenging. I don’t really think they have to do too much to trick it up with the way the greens are if they want the scores to be high. So it should be a good test and a fun week.

Q. You were out with Teddy yesterday chipping and putting mostly. What are your thoughts about your plays around the greens and what you might be using and that kind of thing?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Well, I mean, a lot of the areas around the greens here are quite different, and a lot of it depends on the lies that you get. It’s grainy Bermuda, so if you get a good lie, you can be a little more creative with what you want to do. If you have an iffy into-the-grain lie, you’re a bit limited in what you can do around the green.

It really depends on the lie and then it depends how big of a slope there is that you’re trying to get it back up onto the green. A lot of that is going to be missing in the right spots. But there are certain holes out here that there isn’t a great miss, you’ve just got to step up there and hit a great shot.

Q. You have improved with your putting this year. Can you describe what was going on as you stood over a putt in your head, what you were thinking about before you started working with Phil, and what do you think about now as you stand over the ball?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I mean, going now, I’m trying to get as visual as I can with what I’m trying to do. Before I used a line on my ball, so sometimes I’d be trying to match up the line on the back of the putter with the line on the ball. At times I’d almost get a bit confused.

Nowadays I feel like I am getting much more visual with what I’m trying to do, seeing kind of what I want the putt to do versus maybe playing a little bit of a guessing game before.

I’m putting the ball down and lining it where I feel like it should be lined up and then hitting the putt.

Q. Of all the US Opens you’ve played, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I think a lot of it’s patience. And then there’s certain areas of the golf courses where you can’t really fake it. You just have to step up there and hit great golf shots. There’s certain holes out here where, like especially some of the par-3s where there’s not really a place where there is a good miss, it’s just you just better just get up there and you better hit it right where you’re looking or else you’re going to be in big trouble.

A lot of that is just being committed to what you’re doing. I can’t really worry about where the ball is going to go because I am going to hit a lot of really good shots this week that just don’t work out, and you’re going to make bogeys hitting good shots. That’s just the nature of how difficult the golf course is.

But what I appreciate about this kind of course is a lot of the areas around the greens are all fairway, and so it may be extremely difficult shots, but there’s always opportunity. Sometimes when there’s heavy rough, there’s not really much opportunity for a great shot.

I appreciate more having the playability of the run-off areas more than heavy rough surrounding every green. It definitely provides a little bit more variety, a little bit more excitement and a little bit more creativity around the greens. I believe it’s a better test than just having heavy rough over the back of every green.

Courses like this I think are a lot of fun to play.

Q. Last weekend when you triple bogeyed that hole, you seemed to stay a little bit calm. How did you keep from getting frustrated from your bad shots?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: That’s a good question. I was very frustrated so I’m glad you couldn’t tell.

I think I learned over the course of my career to stay as patient as possible. When I made a triple on that hole, I really didn’t hit that bad of a shot, it just hit a tree and went out of bounds.

I kind of reminded myself I was playing good golf and as long as I kept a good head on my shoulders I could continue to go about my day and was able to bounce back nicely. I.

Think that’s something you learn playing more and more golf, is that bad breaks are going to come but it’s more about your response to those things than really receiving the bad break because over the course of a 72-hole tournament you’re going to get plenty of bad breaks and hit plenty of bad shots. It’s more about how am I going to recover from those shots.

Q. A lot of players have come in here and said great things about you, and Xander even mentioned the state of your game in his winner’s press conference at the PGA. Have you heard any of that? And what does it mean to hear your fellow players say such things?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Well, yeah, I think it’s nice to hear a little bit of good things from my peers because I think we all try to bust each other up at times when we’re out there playing and competing. I think that’s part of the friendship bond, is you want to mess with your buddies, so to hear some compliments every now and then is definitely nice.

Q. When we think of coaches out here, I think many of us think of technical stuff and the swing and whatnot, but can you speak to what Randy gives you in terms of course strategy and your actual plan, almost like X’s and O’s? In terms of the actual course and your plan of attack.

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I think as far as the actual course goes, a lot of that falls on Teddy. As far as Randy goes, Randy is back there kind of making sure that I’m working on the proper things going into the event. He’s not one really to overthink things, and he knows when to step in and when to kind of just let me go.

I think that’s one of the most important things with a coach is, especially with Randy, he can almost tell sometimes when I’m not really swinging it my best, and he’ll step in. Then other times when I’m playing really well, he’ll kind of sit there and watch and we’ll hang out and have fun.

He’s always done a good job of keeping things loose because at times I think I take myself a bit too seriously when I’m out there practicing. Randy is definitely not a guy that takes himself too seriously.

Q. Xander said after the PGA that some of the guys in your group text like roasted you over what happened at Valhalla with you. I don’t know if you saw yesterday a fan drove into a Louisville golf club with a fake policeman dragging along his car. Are you able to laugh about that sort of stuff now?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, it’s kind of hard not to laugh about the guy who did that. But I didn’t see any videos. Xander did tell me about it yesterday. He got a pretty good kick out of it.

But yeah, I think that’s part of just having good friends. If all they did was make fun of me, it would be different. It wouldn’t be as fun. But they’re great guys, and they’re great friends. So you’ve got to be able to look in the mirror and laugh at yourself, too.

Like I said, I don’t love reliving it, but sometimes being able to laugh about it is a good skill, too. When they make jokes, it’s definitely hard not to laugh, especially with some of my good buddies, they’re pretty funny with it.

Q. How has it been compartmentalizing Scottie Scheffler the golfer and Scottie Scheffler the dad over the last little while?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: You know, with some of the circumstances that have been going on outside the golf courses, it’s been a bit more challenging.

But overall I feel like when I’m at home, having Bennett around, it’s almost easier to not be on my phone, not be watching TV. I just want to hang out with him and hang out with Mere, and rocking him to sleep puts me to sleep. Being at home is fun. I haven’t been bored at home in quite some time, that’s for sure.

Time is always filled, and it’s filled with great things, hanging out with my son and hanging out with my wife. So that part of it has been really nice.

But yeah, some of the circumstances around the golf course have made it, I would say, a bit more challenging.

Q. How aggressive can you be here on this golf course, or is it mostly a defensive approach?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I think it’s a mix because, like I said, there’s certain holes out here where you have to just step up and hit a great shot. Some of the par-3s, Teddy and I are walking around trying to figure out where you miss it to certain pins. It’s like, there’s not really a good spot here, you’d better just hit it in the middle of the green and try and two-putt. There’s a lot of that out here.

I think it’s kind of fun, too, when there’s not really any hazards on the golf course. It’s not like we’re hitting over ponds or your ball is rolling back into water or into bunkers you can’t get up-and-down out of. There’s definitely some areas where you’re going to be extremely challenged, but I feel like there’s always opportunity.

Since it’s fairway, there’s opportunity for great shots. The landing area may be literally this big in order for you to hit a great shot, but there’s always opportunity. I feel like you’re never out of the hole, but you’re also not too far away from making a huge number. You’ve really got to manage your way around the golf course and execute where you need to.

Q. How does it feel to be by far the best golfer in the world?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: I try not to overthink things, I try to live one moment at a time and soak it all up because you never know how long it’s going to last. Just try and soak up the good times when you can and fight through the bad.

Q. In hindsight, it can be easier to talk about how important patience is on a difficult golf course, but when you’re in the tournament mode in the setting, what is the inner dialogue when a shot doesn’t go your way or you hit a shot and it rolls off? What are you telling yourself to try and reset for the next shot?

SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER: Yeah, I think that’s a really good question because a lot of the stuff that we all talk about is much easier said than done. It’s much easier to step up there and say, hey, just be committed to your shot, but it’s a lot more difficult when you just bogeyed the first two holes and you’re sitting there with a 9-iron and you’re playing 30 feet away from a pin and you know it’s a pin you can’t attack, but it’s a 9-iron, and you’re like, I can get one back here, and you try and force it and then all of a sudden things just get out of hand.

I always try to remind myself of just being committed to what I can control, and I’m not worried about the results out there. I try to do my best to execute the shot. And like I said, over the course of a 72-hole tournament, I’m going to get plenty of good breaks and plenty of bad ones.

It’s all about responding to the bad and kind of rolling with the good and doing my best to control what I can control and execute.

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Rory McIlroy: “Explosiveness Isn’t Going to Win the US Open 2024”

Rory McIlroy looks forward to an interesting competition on one of the toughest US Open courses. Before the start of the 2024 US Open the golfer talks about his game state and his bigger career goals, as well as Scottie Schefflers impressive season.

US Open 2024 – Rory McIlroy “Can Still Be Europe’s Most Successful Player”

Q: How does it feel to be back at a U.S. Open?

RORY McILROY: It feels good. I’ve been on a pretty good run of U.S. Open performances over the last few years. Obviously had a close call at LACC last year, obviously Wyndham just pipping me to the post there.

But I feel like I really struggled at U.S. Open setups, 2016, ’17, ’18 in particular. I sort of had a bit of a I guess come-to-Jesus moment after that, tried to really figure out why that was.

Then my performances from 2019 and after that have been really, really good.

Q. Based on either gut feeling or analysis of strokes gained or talks with Harry or your previous experience here in 2014, between now and Thursday afternoon, what part of your game are you most focused on?

RORY McILROY: I think it’s course-dependent. I would say for this golf course, it will be around the greens. From what I remember in 2014, it’s obviously generous off the tee in terms of the playing corridors that you’re asked to hit it into. If you hit it outside of those, you can get yourself into trouble, this sandy waste area.

Like most Donald Ross courses, it’s on and around the greens where I’m going to have to sort of do the most work and sort of figure out what shots to hit around greens.

Obviously Martin here 10 years ago used the putter very, very well. Sort of figuring out what I’m comfortable with on and around the greens. I think that will be the big key over the next sort of 36 hours.

Q. You mentioned the last five years, all top 10s, all improvement. Is there one theme to that? Is there something in terms of game plan at different venues that you’ve applied that is reflected in these results, improving every year?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, I would say embracing the difficult conditions, embracing the style of golf needed to contend at a U.S. Open, embracing patience. Honestly, embracing what I would have called “boring” back in the day.

Explosiveness isn’t going to win a U.S. Open. It’s more methodically building your score over the course of four days and being okay with that.

Honestly, it’s just more of a reframing of a mindset than anything else.

Q. You’ve spoken about the importance of the short game here at Pinehurst. We always talk about you and talk about your prowess off the tee. That’s the sort of thing that commands the headlines. Do you think your wedge play, which is actually sensational, gets a little overlooked? How much fun is that aspect of the game to you?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, I think when you excel, especially at one part of the game, there’s other parts of the game that get overlooked a little bit. I feel like I’ve turned myself into a pretty proficient player around the greens. I’ve always been a pretty good chipper of the golf ball. Bunker play has been solid for most of my career. I feel like I’ve turned myself into a really good putter over the past sort of four or five years.

But yeah, the driving is what people are interested in when they watch me hit a golf ball. That’s fine. But it takes more than driving a golf ball to win the amount of tournaments that I have.

Yeah, I feel like all aspects of my game are in pretty good shape at the minute.

Q. Can you talk about Padraig Harrington getting inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

RORY McILROY: Padraig, he’s the quintessential pro. He’s also a wonderful ambassador for the game of golf around the world, anywhere he goes.

I think from someone that grew up in that part of the world, aspiring to be one of the best golfers in the world, Padraig was the one, I’ve said this before, but he was the one that opened the floodgates for us and made us believe we could follow in his footsteps. Winning in Carnoustie in 2007, then winning those two majors back-to-back in 2008, I think myself Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke, Shane Lowry, a lot of us, we looked at him and saw him achieving things that we wanted to achieve, and it sort of made us believe a little bit more that we could.

I think he really paved the way for us in some way. No one more deserving. As I said, he’s a wonderful ambassador for the game. Probably loves the game of golf more than I do in some ways. He’s a relentless practicer and tinkerer, always trying to figure out ways to get better.

Yeah, as I said, no one more deserving than Padraig.

Q. What is the most impressive to you about what Scottie Scheffler’s been able to accomplish so far this year?

RORY McILROY: The fact that the only thing that took him from winning a golf tournament was going into a jail cell for an hour (laughter).

I think just the relentlessness. Look, a lot of stuff went on in his life, as well. They’ve just had a new child. He’s been through some struggles in his game, particularly the putter that he’s been able to turn around, as well.

It’s not as if he hasn’t had his challenges along the way, or circumstances have been a little bit different for him. But yeah, I mean, the word that I describe it as is “relentless.” It seems like every time he shows up, he is the guy to beat, and deservedly so.

This run that he’s been on, I think he’s played 14 times this year or 13 times this year, only once out of the top 10. Seems like he’s always in contention.

The most exciting thing about last week at Memorial was when he made the triple on 9. Everyone was like, oh, looks like he might let people in here, but he finds a way to steady the ship, make a few birdies when he needs to. Undoubtedly the best player in the world at the minute by a long way.

It’s up to us to try to get to his level.

Q. I don’t remember what tournament it was, but you were in the broadcast booth and said, Maybe he should try a mallet. Do you regret giving him that idea?

RORY McILROY: Well, he tried the Spider last summer for a couple of tournaments. But I think the work that he’s put in with Phil Kenyon as well, I think that’s a big part of it. I know they started to work sort of after the FedExCup Playoffs last year. Obviously the work they’ve done has really been paying off.

Q. You’re drawn with Scottie and Xander again. Is there any advantage to being with those two guys or a disadvantage, get caught up in playing them rather than just concentrating on the golf course?

RORY McILROY: I mean, if they’re playing well and I try to keep up with them, I guess it’s a good thing.

No, I mean, it’s always exciting to be a part of a marquee group like that, No. 1, 2 and 3 in the world. I remember back in the day, I think it was Torrey Pines, watching on TV, I failed to qualify for that tournament. But I remember I think watching Tiger, Phil and Adam Scott the first two days.

It’s cool to be part of these pairings. I think at this point, Scottie, Xander and myself are all experienced enough not to get caught up in it, just to go about our business, try to shoot a couple good scores to put ourselves in position going into the weekend.

Q. You said earlier you kind of found U.S. Open golf a little boring at one point. Pinehurst asks some different questions than most other U.S. Open courses. Do you like that kind of examination where maybe it gives you some kind of a chance to recover better than out of really thick rough?

RORY McILROY: Yeah, because it gives you options and it gives you, like, even going back to last week at Memorial, people hit it offline or people hit a green, you’re basically only seeing players hit one shot. There’s only one option. That turns into it being somewhat one-dimensional and honestly not very exciting.

I think a course like this definitely demands a different skill set and also some creativity. I think that will be on display this week. I’ve already seen some videos online of people maybe trying fairway woods or having lob wedges or putters. Even if you get half lucky and get a decent lie in that wire grass, sandy area, being able to hit a recovery shot.

I think for the viewer at home, that’s more exciting than seeing guys hack out of four-inch rough all the time. Hopefully that comes to fruition and it is an exciting golf tournament.

Q. I think so many golfers talk about the importance of like the current shot or the current tournament that you’re playing. Do you still set career goals? Do you have an idea of numbers or accomplishments that you want to achieve before you hang it up?

RORY McILROY: Not particularly. I mean, I’ve always said I still feel like being the most successful European in the game is within my reach. I’ve got obviously Seve and Nick Faldo to pass there in terms of major wins.

I’m really proud of my body of work over the past 15 years and everything that I have achieved, whether it be season-long titles or individual tournaments or majors. Obviously getting my hands on a fifth major has taken quite a while, but I’m more confident than ever that I’m right there, that I’m as close as I’ve ever been.

I wouldn’t say I’ve got, like, a particular number of wins. I mean, I want to win as many golf tournaments as I can. I want to try to compete and win as many majors as I can.

I think the only thing about trying to pick a number is that you’re setting yourself up for failure or disappointment. Tiger wanted to surpass Jack. It looks like he mightn’t get there, but are we going to call Tiger’s career a failure? Absolutely not. It’s arguably the best. He’s played the best golf anyone’s ever seen.

There’s always going to be that tinge of what could have been. I don’t want to do that to myself. If someone would have told me at 20 years old I’d be sitting here at 35 and this is the career I’ve had, I would not have believed them and I would have been ecstatic.

Still have a good a little bit of time here, hopefully for the next 10 years. I still like to think I’ve got a good run ahead of me. Whatever those numbers are, whatever the totals add up to, I’ll accept that and feel like I’ve done pretty well for a little boy from Northern Ireland that dreamed of playing golf for a living one day.

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WITB Tiger Woods – Equipment for the US Open 2024

After another month break Tiger Woods makes his next tournament appearance at the US Open 2024. The record golfer trusts a mix of TaylorMade golf clubs with his iconic Scotty Cameron putter and a Bridgestone golf ball.

WITB Tiger Woods for the US Open Golf 2024

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (10.5°)

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3 wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15°)

5 wood: TaylorMade M3 (19°)

Driving Iron: TaylorMade P770 (3)

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Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (4-PW)

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Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 3 (56), Milled Grind 4 (60°)

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Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

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US Open 2024 – Rory McIlroy WITB with TaylorMade

Rory McIlroy had a good season start with his win at the Wells Fargo Championship 2024. At the first two majors the Northern Irishman couldn’t live up to the hipe and is still in line for his next major title. We take a look at his equipment for the US Open 2024.

US Open Golf 2024: WITB Rory McIlroy

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 (9°)
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Wood: TaylorMade Qi10 (15°, 18°)
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Irons: TaylorMade P Series Proto (4) Irons: TaylorMade P730 Rors Proto (5-9)
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Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 (46, 50, 54, 60)
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Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour X
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Ball: TaylorMade TP5X