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Attended Thursday opening round, 8:30-3 pm.  Weather was pretty dismal, with a steady mist almost constant, with harder waves of rain coming in.  Never got to point of suspension.

 

Didn’t put this in equipment section, because with the rain hoods and towels out in force, it was very difficult to see WITB.  I had the privilege of being under cover on the 17th green, which was good from a comfort standpoint, but not too hot from getting a good feel for what the players were bagging.

 

Random observations:

 

  • These guys, generally, are a young 50ish.  Most are very fit and work hard on their game.  John Daly was not in field, which would of skewed my comment.
  • Most drivers I saw were Titleist, Callaway and Ping.  TM seemed like older models and I did not see any Stealth.  
  • Ventus and Graphite Design shafts were well represented.
  • Lots of Odessey putters, and many with Stroke Lab shafts.  Number of Lab shafts surprised me.
  • Probably 80% of bags were carry bags, far fewer full staff bags.
  • Caddies were as old, or older, than players.  At least they looked that way.  Not a lot of younger caddies.  See comment above.
  • Morning scoring was tough, Goydos was best I saw at -2
  • Trying to get volunteers rowing in same direction has to be a monumental task.  Saw two carts collide, which given that they were the only two carts within a 100 yards, was no small feat.
  • Champion tour players express marginally more personality and interaction with fans than their PGA counterparts.

 

Having played the course last year, it gives a different perspective when viewing a tour event.

 

 

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i gotta get down there, only an hour or so from me - been there years ago for last us senior open.

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Callaway Raxr X Tour- #2, 3 & 4 hybrids
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46 minutes ago, So_Cal said:

Nice to see Paddy playing great golf at Sauron.  He looks motivated and is hitting it a mile. 

Selfishly, I'd like to see him at the Senior Players Championship, so he can sign the 2008 PGA Championship hat I have, that he won. But it is the same week as the Scottish Open, I assume he will be playing there...

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22 minutes ago, goaliedad30 said:

No mention of Jay Haas bettering his age in a US Open? That may never be duplicated!

It's great Jay did it again especially in this event. However I'd imagine Bernhard Langer does it multiple times going forward. He's already done it at age 64 earlier this year.

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1 hour ago, goaliedad30 said:

No mention of Jay Haas bettering his age in a US Open? That may never be duplicated!

 

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1974: Jay Haas played in his first U.S. Open.
2022: Jay Haas shared the lead into Round 2 of the U.S. Senior Open.
 
Incredible longevity!
 
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8 hours ago, lowndes said:

Why do so many of these guys use yellow balls?  I find those to be hard to see on TV (I find them hard to see in real life too).  I don’t recall every seeing anybody on the PGA Tour using a colored ball.

Jerry Pate used an orange ball back in the day! Dating myself I'm sure... Hale Irwin used a yellow ball on PGA tour as well IIRC. Agreed though, it isnt easier to see IMO, and from personal experience they're just as hard to find in the rough as the white. Haha

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10 hours ago, lowndes said:


Do you know if there is a reason?  Easier to see as you age or something.  Just shocked at how many guys are playing them.

 

I find yellow easier to see, personally. 

 

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Sub70 286 52/10, 286 56/12, and JB 60/6 wedges, black, built to 36.75" w/ Nippon Modus3 120 stiff

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On 6/24/2022 at 9:51 AM, seis said:

Really sucked that coverage on GC was limited to late night afterthought.

I'm really disappointed that the US Senior Open, arguably, the 2nd or 3rd most important event the USGA conducts every year, behind only the US Open and possibly the US Women's Open, is not on live basic cable all four days.  

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1 hour ago, JohnnyCashForever said:

I'm really disappointed that the US Senior Open, arguably, the 2nd or 3rd most important event the USGA conducts every year, behind only the US Open and possibly the US Women's Open, is not on live basic cable all four days.  

I guess the LPGA PGA Championship is a bigger draw than the Senior Open?

Strange indeed. 

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14 hours ago, lowndes said:


Do you know if there is a reason?  Easier to see as you age or something.  Just shocked at how many guys are playing them.

It is definitely easier to see. I switched several years ago when my vision got worse (I am 55) Actually used the Srixon Divide ball as well (Yello/Orange) Very easy to spont and has an aligment aid build in. 

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Padraig looks like he’s playing with regular tour distance on the forward tees.

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Driver Rogue ST MAX 10.5 degree
3 Wood Epic Flash 14 degree
3-5 Hybrids Epic Flash 17 20 23 degrees 
6 Hybrid Big Bertha 26 degree
7-GW PXG 0311 XP G4
52 56 Degree PXG 0311 wedge 

Putter Odyssey White Hot OG #1
 

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