Colonial, US Women’s Open and Satanic Greens

Sam Burns hits the tee Sunday in the first hole of the playoffs at Colonial Country Club.

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Each week check out the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors as they break down the hottest topics in sport, and join the conversation by tweeting us Tweet embed. This week, we discuss The play at Colonial Country Club, the Devil’s Greens at this week’s Women’s US Open and more.

1. As it turned out, Scottie Scheffler’s “stagnation” lasted all nine holes. After a week missing out on the PGA Championship, hitting nine defense 40 during his second round, Schaeffler nearly won his fifth event of the season on Sunday, He lost to Sam Burns In a playoff in the Charles Schwab Challenge. What makes Schaeffler’s game, or head distance, such a consistent/reliable performer, on such varied courses?


Sam Burns

Sam Burns, after the start of Day 7 (!), wins the Charles Schwab Challenge

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Nick Piastovsky



Josh Sens, senior writer (Tweet embed): Obviously he got all the shots. But it also puts golf in perspective. At this point, at least, with all the expectations around him, he’s not putting too much pressure on himself. He has enough killer instinct to control without being the type to define himself as golf. That’s how it happens anyway. His third round was Colonial, dare I say, Woodsian. He was everywhere and still didn’t make a ghost until the seventeenth.

Alain Bastable, Executive Editor (Tweet embed): As you’d expect, there are no real Scheffler weaknesses, statistically speaking, anyway. But one of the keys to his success is that he rarely misses the Greens, with about 72 percent of them making in regulation, and he is the third best player on the tour. This takes a lot of the pressure off his short game and instead allows him to focus on Byrdie’s opposing hits. I also think the importance of Ted Scott’s role cannot be overstated. Scheffler and Scott have a lot in common: hard workers, family men, loyal Christians, and each has a lot of respect for the other. The relationship just works, and I think it’s no coincidence that Scheffler’s run began shortly after Scott took his bag.

Nick Piastovsky, Senior Editor (Tweet embed): It’s easy to go, and he hates – Dislikes – to lose. even ice And the Fire. It’s hard to beat.

2. Colonial Country ClubSchwab, the mighty storied and mothballed stadium at “just” 7,200 yards from the edges, held its place again this week, with only no players finishing in double figures below par. Does the PGA Tour need more courses like Colonial – where accuracy trumps strength – on schedule, or can’t players have it?


Brendon Todd

‘Journey D of the Club Championship’: The pros dissolve into Charles Schwab

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Nick Piastovsky



Sense: Round can use more cool designs as part of regular rota. Exquisite designs make golf more interesting. If some guys catch, so be it. It is, using the corporate language that governs all professional sports, a better product.

Pastable: The lack of variety in the tour settings is astounding. You would think that the best players in the world would demand a more interesting list of tests, but unfortunately they seem content with bombs and gouges. Rory McIlroy summed up that feeling last year when he said: “A lot of the golf courses we play are standardized and get the same conditions every week, and the guys are like that. I love it. I like that you don’t have to come and spend three or four days on a golf course to learn it every week. And if you play from week to week, having such settings is a good thing.” Colonial, like Harbor Town, is a breath of fresh air on the calendar, mostly because players can’t smash it into submission. So… yeah, I’d like to see more courses like her in the mix.

Byastovsky: More please! If you believe the players, most of them like the tracks that test the whole game as well. Although, after next week I cannot imagine the mental form of those who go to the village of Southern Hills-Colonial-Muirfield.

3. The US Women’s Open kicks off this week in Pine Needles, North Carolina. Among the must-watch events are the return of Nelly Korda and the defense of Yuka Sassu. (We’ll deal with Michelle Wie West separately below.) What are you most looking forward to?


Nelly Korda swings

Nelly Korda announces her return from injury, and is set to compete in the US Women’s Open

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Milton’s exhale



Sense: Lydia Coe. Always Lydia Ko. The coolest professional golfer in the world.

Pastable: I’m excited to see Pine Needles in action. Donald Ross’ gem has always taken the backseat of its famous Sandhills neighbor, Pinehurst, so it would be fun to see it in the spotlight. Pine Needles fans will tell you it’s just as fun as any of the Pinehurst, No. 2 shows listed.

Byastovsky: Nelly. Let’s hope you are well. She’s a star, the budding rivalry with Jin Young Koo is cool, and she has to watch golf. It’s great that she’s back.

4. To Wie West. this week, told Beth Ann Nichols of Golfweek She plans to play the US Women’s Open, then move away from the LPGA Tour. How would you sum up the Wie West legacy?


Michelle Way West look.

Michelle Wee West to leave the PGA Tour after next week’s Women’s US Open

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Josh Beerhau



Sense: I have nothing to say that hasn’t been said a million times before. There is of course an element to her story. However, it did so in the most significant ways.

Pastable: It’s easy to focus on the fact that she did not live up to the enormous expectations placed upon her, but what should never be forgotten is the amount of interest and excitement she brought to the game as a child in the literal sense of the word. When she was 10, she played a role on Women’s Am Public Links; At 12, she played in an LPGA event; At 14, she had a stroke shy of making the cut at a PGA Tour event, thanks to a second round 68 (yes, at 14!!) this week that still stuck with me. It was really captivating. I vividly remember being glued to TV broadcasts and not wanting to miss a single shot of it. What a talent.

Byastovsky: She is a star. and will continue; According to our story this weekShe won’t leave the game. It just doesn’t play it. This tells me something. It affects the game. Not much can say that.

5. Iowa State High School Championship I brought headlines last week In order to place the demon pin on the 18th green the players were putting their golf balls away from the hole and away from the green. What is the deepest pin, green, or hole you come across?


18th Green River Valley Golf Course

Impossible pin position at 18 wreaks havoc in the high school state championship

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Kevin Cunningham



Sense: All four of the par-3s in Whistling Straits have some scary staples. The correct rear position on the seventh, far from deceiving, still gave me a cold sweat.

Pastable: There is a nine-hole Mooney course near my home in New Jersey. The seventh hole is about 90 yards, but it’s an uphill shot to a small blind green leaning hard from left to right. Turn them on in the middle of summer when the green is dry and nearly impossible to keep. Pars feel like eagles.

Byastovsky: Stone Meadows Golf Club in the Poconos, Which I wrote about last fall. All Green was a postage stamp!

6. Film critic Mark Ellis and Josh Sens shared an arrangement for The Six Best Golf Movies of All Time. Help us get another rating: What, in your opinion, is the best golf scene in a non-golf movie?


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The 6 best golf movies of all time, according to a golf-loving film critic

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Josh Sens



Sense: air horn scene in Donkeywhich is not even close.

Pastable: Come on now, nothing beats Goldfinger (with Oddjob on the bag!) trying to cheat his way to victory against 007. Which makes the scene even better: Filmed at the British Open location, Royal St.

Byastovsky: Nerd alert! But the best golf scene in a non-golf movie has to be when Gandalf explains, in the first of the Hobbit films, how golf was invented. You can watch it here!

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