Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler Take on Shinnecock Hills
Shinnecock Golf Course Is challenging
When you win as much as Justin Thomas, and are in contention as much as Rickie Fowler, making the Fed Ex playoffs is not a huge stress.
So, playing in the Wyndham Championship last week wasn’t on the top of their priority lists like many golfers who were on the bubble of playoffs.
The two treated themselves to a week of courses they will soon play, and enjoy playing.
On their week off they played future U.S. Open course Shinnecock Hills and the beautiful Bayonne links style course on the shores of New Jersey.
Everyone plays a casual round here and there and that is all Bayonne was. As seen on Thomas’s Snapchat story he was seen swinging a club lefty on a par 3, letting his female assistant take a hack and making jokes with Fowler.
The other round, at Shinnecock, was a little more serious. Shinnecock is considered one of the hardest courses in all of America, so it is fitting that they will host next years U.S. Open.
The two geared up for a “practice” round although the course will probably look very different next year after the USGA gets their hands on it. In a press conference Wednesday, Thomas said he shot a 65… So did Fowler…
Oh real tough.
“It was soft and slow” Thomas said about the course.
But knowing the USGA, they will ramp this course up so even the best in the world will be complaining how hard it is.
I mean come on, the last U.S. Open the winner fired a -4.
“It’s one of those courses you don’t need to do very much to it for it to be a U.S. Open course. It’s long. It has the slope…Yeah, it could be interesting.”
Those were the words of Thomas as he spoke to USGA executive director Mike Davis. Whether Davis will answer, remains unknown.
All we know right now is there will be yet another tough task at next years U.S. Open.