Huge congrats to fellow Jupiter resident Brooks Koepka on winning his first major championship at the weekend. A great performance my friend!
And hats off to everyone involved in this year’s US Open. I thought Erin Hills was a wonderful venue and liked it as soon as we set foot on the property on Monday morning. It’s a superb layout and it was a fair test; you could make birdies if you hit good shots, but if you strayed off-line or hit the wrong shot, you got punished. That’s how it should be in the majors. Overall, I was happy with my start, shooting 2-under par for the first couple of rounds, but obviously not so happy with how the weekend went.
Still, there are a lot of positives in my game. My putting feels good and the short game is pretty sharp, so I’m trying to feed off that and steadily build momentum. Physically I’m struggling with a few ailments, some aches and pains here and there, and it’s really the first time in my career that I’ve got to experience that. But I’m looking forward and staying positive. At Erin Hills I felt like I was pain free and feeling really loose, especially the first couple of days, so that was nice. Hopefully, with continued hard work and the help of my trainer Vern McMillan, we can have plenty more pain-free weeks like that. I’m really enjoying being out here with the guys and competing.
We now move on to a venue that’s very familiar to me, Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in Germany, which is where I registered my most recent win at the 2013 BMW International Open. A first round 63, with nine birdies and an eagle, really set me up that week and it was a wonderful feeling getting my name on that trophy, especially in the 25-year anniversary of the tournament. BMW did a tremendous job that week.
So it’s good to be back here again, actually for the first time since that win in 2013. I love this golf course and I love the people here and the food. And as I was saying, BMW does a stand-out job with its tournaments. They’re always organised perfectly and they really have become among the premium events around the world, not only from a player’s point of view, but from a spectator’s standpoint too. BMW does things a little differently; they’ve got a formula and it definitely works well. I’m sure we’re in for another great week.
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