Listen: Golf: First impressions of Pebble Beach setup for U.S. Open 2019
"Course, the U S Open at Pebble Beach and to talk more about this. We go out to California and out to the progressive insurance, hotline, and bring on Geoff Shackelford senior writer for golf, we contributor, of course to the Gulf channel as well. And what's the feeling I'm jealous? You're at Pebble Beach heading into round one tomorrow. I was at the PGA championship Bethpage just a little bit different scenery than what you're experiencing there at pebble. Yeah. All everything's very jovial here. What's for a US open is not usually the case. Dan Jenkins, you know, tirelessly said the USO grumpy of vents in it, even when you come that will be to put the people usually in a foul mood. But I think the. Combination we had amazing weather, the guys all had great weather to give ready. And today was cool and foggy more normal, but the golf course and set up. Well, it's an unbelievable shape. It's just such a spectacular place. Everything is just sort of a line for a great week, and has been so to see everybody kind of mellow and happy. And it's great. And then, you know after Bethpage the what the have the only concern be fog delay really it changes. Everybody's feelings about an event you not worrying about thunderstorms or anything like that. And so it's a really special place to be in. And I can't wait for get started last year. Plenty of people critical of the US in the way things were set up. You mentioned kind of the course layout to some extent. We'll see how it plays it everything in the next couple of days. But what do you make of that? Will that be a story, you think on, on Saturday, that, that people will be discussing what the US is? How did you? We're, we're going to be in for a nice week where we won't maybe have as much complaining in people taking issue with it. Yeah. Yeah. I'll be shocked if we have any issues I really well, they've taken, I think every precaution imaginable, and then mother nature's helped them the winner here was was very wet, and then it was wet late for the courses just incredibly, I hate using the word lush, but it really good. Fairways just I've never seen them, so perfect. So you're gonna see great scoring too, by the way, the greens are since ational. I just did a piece for golf channel on the, the, the Pohan Yuan, and it's very tricky grass here. And they've had real problems. And I think they've got it kind of figured out as and so you're just gonna have the ability if you're in the fairway to attack the course and I just don't see the USDA wanting to push it. I think they're just fine if ten or twelve under wins, in, they have a nice quiet week Geoff Shackelford senior writer for golf, we contributor to the golf channel joining us here on espionage, in radio ahead of the US open. Pebble and Brooks Kapka, you'll have a chance to win his fifth major five out of the last nine just absurd that he's won four of the last eight and just how he's kind of interacted with the media this week, if you could and we know the kind of what gained some traction was comments about not being in a FOX promo, but I remember. At Bethpage for the PGA championship. The, the comment that struck me was he said, you know, I feel more confident I can get away basically saying things now that that I couldn't or didn't feel comfortable saying when I when I wasn't winning, and I think that was one of those comments, maybe even about the promo, right? That, that maybe he doesn't make a year ago. Yeah. And I'm not sure he's gotten away with comment on bad. You know, he send the person who did it should be fired probably well as an all problem, they, they, they took out of the archives is one of four and it was that was a little outta line. But I'm laughing, of course you're saying it's because these little things that he's coming up with for motivation are, are, are kind of funny, really that, that these are the things that get going, but it works. And you know, golf is a sport where you have so much time to think about everything that can go wrong. And if you go through the history of the game a lot of the great players. Have done this. They've found things to motivate them, or thanks to make them angry to help with nerves really more than anything and for him, it's it's something that's made him focus and it's it's an amazing run. He's on. I just I sorta sad. But I understand why the more of the sporting world hasn't taken note because he's done it on such a variety of courses. It's, it's really the equivalent of, of what some of somebody winning the grand slam tennis because of the variety of places he won. And contended that at a stretch, and so many good players right now when we've heard how deep the fields are. Well, he just kinda dismantled that notion in a way and, and set it in press conferences, which is unbelievable. The discovery out and say, there's basically thirty five people to win and really half of them. Don't even intimidate me. I mean, it's, it's when we look back on this in ten years. We're just going to be shocked. That somebody was that way. But it's just a he's just kind of a once in a lifetime type of person and athlete. And of course, you have tiger who misses the cut at the PGA championship went out to the memorial and got some work in instead of taking five weeks off. Like he did between the masters in the PGA. What, what do you sense? Kind of his mindset is in health first and foremost, I guess heading into this, this week, and you expect him to fair, a lot better than he did at Bethpage. Yeah. He's gonna be fine. I'm not sure I you know, I picked him to win a coming into this because of his love for this place and his great iron play. If you've read anything you've, you know, the narrative this week is Pebble Beach is tiny greens, and it's a great place for our for people who hit their approach shots close. So everybody looks at those numbers. And, and they all line up, as you would expect that every time, US Open's here, the person who hits the most greens is really right there or winning. And. So that suits his game, the only thing that bothers me I just I haven't liked the way he looks like he's moving physically. When he when we've shown him on the golf channel hitting balls looks fine. But I can't say that I look at them, and I feel like he's got the full MO Jo going so again, that's I mean, this is this is a quibble more than anything. But, you know, chiropractor standing there on the range, and you watch and you think, okay well, I don't know if he's one hundred percent. He was honest about how things went, Bethpage. So but he has an edge here, Alexis that's really special besides having one here, just local knowledge and his love of the place. And, and that gives him some kind of extra level of, of confidence, and Mojo. And, and that I, I just think if him something over Brooks if it if it comes down to those. Two and there's a very good chance of will Jesse Shackelford joining us here from Pebble Beach senior writer for golf, we contributor on the golf channel at Jeff shack on Twitter and get Phil Mickelson potential for him to get a career grand slam. Do you think this is his, I guess best chance to, to still do that? I think this year and next year wink fo where he, he almost want our area because after that it's Torrey Pines in his hometown, San Diego, which she now doesn't even play any lives there. So yeah, unfortunately, I wrote a call today saying he has one hundred percents has vow wedding based on his very rude comments. I thought about the US J a couple of weeks ago and said they, they, they get one hundred percent wrong, if it doesn't rain every year, and it was so it was it was it was, it was kind of unacceptable because of the way he bay at the last year. He definitely has been the victim of. Some course setup screw ups and I completely get his rage, but at forty nine with all the stars that potentially aligned for him near with his history. Here is, he's Granddad caddy dairy thirty forty nine on Sunday. He loves California. He loves Pebble Beach the golf guides want him to win this, but then to go and do that, and get that negative energy going. It's just hard not to think, oh, here we go again with fell kind of, you know, get in his own way. So I hope I'm dead wrong. I hope I have to apologize for it the call, but I just feel like when, you know, how golf works union. Every little thing to go right to win a US open double beach. And he's kind of put something out there that, that could be a problem for them. At least you know, if you if you believe in the spirit of the Gulf, got two, two guys that are really interesting to me heading into this weekend is Rory. In, in Jordan speeds and just played better as certainly as of late, a couple of top ten finishes and putting together some weekends for the first time in a while what, what kind of chances do you give speed on a course like this in also ROY who has struggled for much to this season. Well certainly ROY has than last night. Yeah. You know you had an unbelievable. He's been he's been very consistent. I mean one the players and, and those other weeks that he hasn't contended. He's played very nice golf. He his, his issue has been in the majors getting off to a bad start. And after the first round and he dressed today it came up. He knows he's been sensational. So tomorrow is a huge day for Rory now mentally because he's aware of it isn't how these things get going. It could just be total coincidence. That he didn't play well the first round. So you've got to watch him tomorrow. I love his chances because of the way the golf courses he does and the forecast, there's not a lot of rain in the forecast. He does not like win. He's very open about that as well of courses. You know, back to what I said about being less. Roy also, not a fan of super firm and fast. So he likes it here. He likes the history, he knows what. What it would mean to him to win here. And he's coming in off that unbelievable win. So I, I love his chances, but his record in the US open of late has been awful. So, yes, he has some things like Phil where he's got some some, some energy issues that comes the US he kinda lets them get in his head."