Rahm eyes US Open history in major quest

Paola Ditto
Settembre 16, 2020

"I haven't played well in majors past, I've got a couple of decent finishes in Masters but that's been about it", Hadwin told Postmedia from Winged Foot ahead of Thursday's U.S. Open.

That championship marked the fifth time in four years he had missed the weekend at a major.

Then it seemed like he would reach double figures in majors in no time.

"Everything just seems to be clicking right now", he told reporters.

Tiger Woods returns to the US Open at Winged Foot this week with a score to settle against a course he regards as one of the three toughest in the world. "This one or Oakmont is either one or two". The four played an all-Canadian practice round together on Tuesday.

Having played in 11 of the past 13 major championships - and the past two global teams at the President's cup - Hadwin has the most big-event experience of his compatriots and seems ready for the spotlight should he get in contention.

"Certainly from a comfort standpoint it's just like any other event for me now", Hadwin said of majors.

"But that's been the big thing for me. But with the forecast, it's going to be hard no matter what". "I think I've always thought US Open is the type of golf course I can win on". This tournament is known in golf folklore as "The Massacre at Winged Foot". From what he's seen this week, players are going to have their hands full.

"Those three golf courses, they can host major championships without ever doing anything to them".

"Hopefully it stays in good form for the rest of the week, but it's one of those golf courses where it's very hard and you need to be spot-on if you want to play well". "You've just got to hit good shots". "You've got to keep it out of the rough".

Hadwin likes the fact that the rough is graduated and that players who miss the fairway by five to seven yards will be more severely penalized than players who miss it by five to seven feet.

"Every course we go to nowadays, it's the way that the modern game has went; the longer you can hit it, the more advantage you have", McIlroy said.

"I think this place tests every single aspect of your game, so I don't think I could single out the toughest thing that you need to do or the hardest thing you're going to have to do this week".

"There's still places where precision beats power, and that's been the case here at US Opens in the past. It's probably one of my favorites I've ever played, to be honest", he said.

A four-time major victor, McIlroy has not won one of golf's big prizes since the 2014 PGA Championship and is without a tournament win of any sort since the World Golf Championship HSBC Champions last November. When asked if the young star's win at TPC Harding Park gave Hadwin any extra confidence, the Canadian wasn't biting and his focus is set squarely on what he has to do to succeed on a style of course that might not be his favourite.

"It's a U.S. Open man, it's going to play tough, it's going to play challenging, and it's going to identify the best players in the world this week", he said.

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