US Open 2022: Mum Morikawa at wedding, Brooks back in her element – best non-LIV moments from Tuesday’s pressers | Golf News and Tour Information

BROOKLINE, Mass. — LIV this, LIV that. That’s LIV-erally all anyone can talk about at this week’s US Open. Sorry sorry. I will see myself outside.

Of course, this is without a doubt the biggest news in the sport right now, and come what may. said Brooks Koepka or how many questions Phil Mickelson tries to deviate, it is a subject that deserves to be discussed and questioned. It’s a shame he hijacked one of the best weeks in golf, but we’ll just have to attribute that to bad timing.

That said, Tuesday’s press conference day at the Country Club also featured some lighter, non-LIV-related moments. Here are some of our favorites.

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Best unanswered answer: Collin Morikawa

Unless you never go online, you’ve probably noticed that two of the biggest names in golf, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, recently had a pair of pretty incredible weddings. Collin Morikawa, who popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Katherine Zhu last December, appears to be in the circle on deck in this department. He was asked how the big day is shaping up, and he gave one of the best non-LIV non-answers to a question you’ll be hearing all week.

“I definitely know when we’re getting married, but I’m not going to share it,” Morikawa said. “We like to keep things private. I think that’s who we are. I’m sure people will find out, but there’s no way our wedding will be as important as theirs. I think theirs were quite impressive. Maybe Kat wants it that way. I do not know. I do not know yet.”

We already knew the two-time major winner was wise beyond his years, but this serves as further proof. He’s not the biggest guy on social media (despite finishing a dagger 11th in PIP last year), which is quite the backbone of his generation for sharing every moment of your day. It’s no surprise he’s taking a mom-for-the-word approach to his pending nuptials. “We brand” as the children say.

Best “I think I got my swagger back…ohhh, ohhh” moment: Brooks Koepka

When he wasn’t telling the media that the LIV controversy was entirely their fault, Brooks Koepka sounded a lot like… Brooks Koepka on Tuesday. And by that, we mean the major release by Brooks Koepka. When asked if he realizes how difficult it is to go back to the US Open like he did in 2017 and 2018, Koepka replied “Yeah, I know how hard it is. ‘is difficult’, in his usual way. , then says this:

“My buddies were talking to me the other day. I mean, I’ve lost – the last four US Opens I’ve played, I’ve lost to four people, which is pretty cool.”

Classic case of your boys reminding you how good you are at pumping yourself up before the big dance. Sometimes a little memorabilia like that can pay dividends. If there was a week for him to get back on track, this would be it. He said it himself.

“I love it, man [the U.S. Open]. It’s a tough test,” Koepka said. “I don’t like these Under-25s. [tournaments] where you have to shoot 60 every round just to compete. I like when it’s a battle. It’s more my style.”

(whispers) Koepka is 55-1 to win this week.

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Best hit back at the media: Rory McIlroy

Given all the slings and arrows being…thrown and arrowed by the media regarding LIV, it was only a matter of time before a player started throwing and arrowing. To no one’s surprise, that player was Rory McIlroy.

After giving his thoughts on the course and then having an interesting exchange with our own Dan Rapaport about his “dead in the water” comments on February’s LIV, McIlroy answered a remote question from a Sports Illustrated reporter for Kids, who asked about the historical significance of Francis Ouimet to the Country Club.

“It’s funny that the best question comes from a kid,” McIlroy quipped. Zing!

The four-time major champion answered the question in his typical thoughtful manner.

“This course and the story of Francis Ouimet, 1913. Again, that’s what’s so good about golf, it’s history and tradition and those stories,” he said. “The fact that he grew up right next to the 17th hole here, and we still talk about it to this day over 100 years later. It’s so cool. That’s the great thing about the sport.”

Amen to that. Also, to be clear, we have no idea if it was a real kid asking the question. The question was read by USGA Championship Director of Communications Julia Pine, who did not specify the age of the asker, so McIlroy’s shot might not even be correct. Media 1, Rory 0.

Top golf saying we steal and pretend to be our own: Jon Rahm’s former swing coach

The defending champ was asked which club in his bag was giving him the most trouble, and he instead pointed to the one that got him out of trouble the most: his putter. Rahm even pointed out that in last year’s epic final round at Torrey Pines, when he felt he was playing the round of his life at the time, he couldn’t believe how many fairway bunkers he was playing, how many greens he missed and how many putts he didn’t hole. It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to do it. It was then that he revealed this all-time golf by saying of his former swing coach in Spain, Eduardo Celles, who he never forgot.

“He [Celles] it was said that the short game is like the hospital; when your long game is sick, the hospital usually treats you, and that’s what they would tell me,” Rahm said. “I took that to heart. I would always say to every junior player I find, make sure your short game is good before you develop your long game. I think it’s very, very important, developing your feelings.”

Yes, we definitely steal that. Driver goes everywhere? Iron game letting you down? Take a trip to the hospital. It will heal your round back to health.

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Best Display of an Elephant Memory: Scottie Scheffler

I don’t want to put all the players in a bucket, but most guys here are amnesiacs, in a good way. Much like a great NFL quarterback who can ride a winning run after throwing a six pick, you need to be able to forget bad days and bad shots quickly to be successful on tour. Scottie Scheffler apparently doesn’t forget anything, including the bad. Here he recaps the 2013 US Amateur, which took place at the Country Club, where the current world No. 1 lost in the quarter-finals to Australia’s Brady Watt.

“Well, that was a really cool event for me,” Scheffler said. “I had won the US Junior that year. It was a really cool year for me in golf.

“I have great memories of this tournament. I have great memories. I was walking around with my coach here in 2013, and he was here in 1999 when Justin [Leonard] made the putt, and he was teaching Justin at the time, so we both have fond memories of that place.

“I remember losing almost all of my matches and coming back. Out of the three I won, I came back late on all of them. I think I putt big against maybe- be Brandon Hagy, anyone? I think it might have been I was Brandon when I was 17. I have fond memories of that place. It was a lot of fun.

It was, indeed, Brandon Hagy, whom Scheffler knocked out on the 20th hole to advance to the third round of the match play portion of the event. Next up was Matthias Schwab, whom Scheffler finished 18, 1 up. Then came Watt.

“I remember I plugged it in the short bunker on 18,” he said. “I think I ended up doing bogey, and he made a nice little four-footer for par to beat me.”

Damn. It’s understandable (and often very cool to hear) when players go blow-by-blow in tournaments from years ago (Tiger Woods is one of the all-time greats), but they’re usually the ones that ‘they won. Scheffler doing it for an L is a move you just have to respect.

Best answer we’ve heard all day: Cameron Smith

After one of his worst weeks of a breakout season at the RBC Canadian Open, with a T-48 finish, you had to wonder: Would Cam Smith give up the mullet and break the mini crunch?

“No. Nothing yet,” Smith replied when asked if he had any haircut plans. Phew. Crisis averted.

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