NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports’ exclusive presentation of the 117th U.S. Open includes special editions of FS1’s SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED AT THE U.S. OPEN and FOX Business Channel’s MORNINGS WITH MARIA live from Erin Hills.
Today’s live coverage of the 117th U.S. Open began at 11:00 AM ET on FS1 and shifts to the FOX broadcast network at 6:00 PM ET.
Today’s Top Video Highlights:
- Paul Azinger and Brad Faxon discuss the U.S. Open on FOX Business Network’s MORNINGS WITH MARIA
- Azinger says Dustin Johnson has a strong work ethic, similar to the great Wayne Gretzky and Tiger Woods
- Brad Faxon notes Rickie Fowler has the power to win it all
- Shane Bacon catches up with Rickie Fowler after his record-tying 65
Today’s Top Quotes:
Paul Azinger says Dustin Johnson as the only golfer left who can intimidate:
“The sky is unlimited for that guy. He leads the tour in distance; he leads the tour in greens in regulation. He’s the No. 1 player in the world. He is the most confident player since he won the U.S. Open. He’s won five times and he’s got nine top-threes. I think he’s probably the most confident player here.
“He can overpower the place, and he’s the only guy on the field who could intimidate a little bit. Gone are the days when guys could intimidate other players. Social media has changed that, I feel.”
Azinger thinks watching his peers win majors has helped Rickie Fowler:
“Rickie can definitely win any week, anywhere. He’s not afraid of anybody…Rickie Fowler has seen a lot of his friends win majors – he plays with those guys all the time. When you see guys that you play with all the time – that you know you can beat – winning majors, it has a positive effect on you and not a negative effect. It makes you realize, and have the self-belief, ‘I can do that.’ It’s a matter of dealing with it and getting it done.
“The key for Rickie is to not get out in front of himself, to just stay in the moment. That’s the key for all of us. He knows he’s capable of doing it, He’s underachieved, in my opinion, because he’s such a great putter and has such a great short game and drives it great.”
Faxon believes Erin Hills will live up to the U.S. Open’s “Ultimate Test” reputation:
“Every U.S. Open is supposed to be the ultimate test or the most difficult course these players will challenge, physically and mentally. This one, physically, is a nine-mile walk to go around the loop. Most courses are six.
“This course is unknown, virtually.…everybody is going to have something happen to them this week, whether it is a ball that goes in the rough that they can’t find, or can’t get out of, or one of those bunkers with slippery slopes where balls are going to get wedged in a spot you can’t even stand in—but we don’t know, we don’t have history here.”
Teeing Off Tomorrow:
FS1 original daily studio show SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED is live from the U.S. Open tomorrow from 9:00 – 11:00 AM ET. FOX golf analyst Curtis Strange joins tomorrow’s show.
FOX Business Network’s MORNINGS WITH MARIA (6:00-9:00 AM ET) and CLOSING BELL WITH LIZ CLAMAN (3:00-4:00 PM ET) are also on-site at Erin Hills.