NEW YORK, NY – Today’s live coverage of the 2017 U.S. Open began at 11:00 AM ET on FS1 and shifts to the FOX broadcast network at 6:00 PM ET, live from Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Today’s Top Video:
- In his ‘Brownie Points’ segment, Ken Brown provides in-depth analysis on the second hole at Erin Hills
Today’s Top Quotes:
Curtis Strange says that, up until The Masters, Dustin Johnson was Tiger-esque:
“I think he’s an incredible talent. In the today’s time, he’s the best driver of the golf ball because of his length, and he’s pretty good accuracy-wise. He’s not the best driver of all-time – that was Jack Nicklaus – but he’s a good iron player. He flights the ball well. He has an underrated short game. I have to tell you, up until The Masters, he was Tiger-esque, and he hasn’t been of late – meaning that he could dominate because he’s that good. He’s an incredibly gifted athlete, and we’re seeing better athletes come to this game.”
Strange says that after a strong start, it could be Rickie Fowler’s time:
“Rounds like yesterday win championships. So now that he has the lead, he has to play smart, solid golf. It is a tough golf course out there…The wind is going to blow, it will rain some, conditions were ideal yesterday. He went out early – there was plenty of moisture in the grass and a lack of wind. The scores were about what I thought with no wind.
“For Rickie, it could very well be his time …He’s playing well and momentum is on his side. He just has to continue to do what he is doing.”
Strange says Fowler’s confidence is key to his career:
“I get all of the stats, but stats sometimes are misleading. He’s still a young man. He still could win many, many tournaments and majors. His game is not going to change in the future – his confidence will. And we all know what confidence and a little bit of belief in yourself can do. I think he’s in a wonderful position to do well…It would be a very popular win.”
Darren Clarke is impressed with how Paul Casey is rising up the leaderboard:
“He made that triple bogey, then followed it on 14 and followed it with a bogey on 15, and he’s bounced back. He has gone five birdies in a row, had a chance to join the record of six and just missed it. It shows a lot of mettle and steel, and what’s required for a U.S Open. You’ve got to fight – not everything is going to come your way. A U.S Open is going to make you want to fight.”
According to Strange, times have changed when it comes to personal support at the majors:
“When I went to a major, I didn’t want my agent there, but they are all here now. I didn’t have a swing guru…Sometimes I didn’t want my wife there because you get into your own little bubble and you focus unlike anything you have ever done, like any other week throughout the year.”
Teeing Off This Weekend:
Live coverage continues tomorrow, Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, on the FOX broadcast network at 11:00 AM ET.