What It Takes To Win the U.S. Open

What It Takes To Win the U.S. Open

Released on 6/17/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Transcript

00:02
(dramatic orchestral music)
00:08
I think winning a US Open, probably more so than any Major
00:12
is this ability to not get discouraged.
00:17
The US Open is 18 opportunities for despair.
00:21
This isn't gonna be a fun week.
00:23
You're gonna have to play hard.
00:24
You're going to have ups and downs.
00:25
You're gonna have a lot more downs than you would
00:27
in a normal championship, but you can't let 'em get to you.
00:30
I think you have to accept that you're gonna have
00:32
some ugly holes, you're gonna have to accept
00:35
that you're gonna make some big numbers,
00:37
but you're gonna have to have faith that the rest
00:38
of the field is also gonna do the same thing.
00:41
What you need to win the US Open is just tremendous
00:44
inner strength because it's always going to be
00:46
the toughest setup in golf, you're always gonna make bogies,
00:49
and you know, it's about who can make the most pars.
00:52
When you do mess up, you can't switch into aggressive mode
00:56
and try to get those shots back.
00:57
You can't press, that's only gonna make things worse.
01:00
Par is good on every hole, even par fives.
01:05
Boy, winning the US Open, you gotta check all the boxes.
01:08
Every part of your game has to be working.
01:11
You've gotta be in the fairway
01:13
a reasonable amount of time.
01:14
You cannot play from the rough, it's just too hard to hold
01:16
the greens and it puts too much pressure on your short game.
01:18
You've gotta have a consistent iron game.
01:21
You don't have to be flagging everything,
01:23
but you've gotta hit it on the green.
01:24
Whoever got the best wedge that week is gonna win
01:26
'cause inevitably you're gonna miss fairways
01:28
and you're gonna have to chop it out and try to make par
01:31
the hard way.
01:32
You know, they say
01:33
it's the most thorough examination in golf.
01:35
That may be a cliche, but the fact is it really is.
01:40
(light electronic music)
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