Here are five things you might have missed amid the US Open build-up.
Given the amount of US Open hype, we’ve found five things you might have missed in the last week.
Chris Wood won the Lyoness Open in Austria, but did you spot what the players were teeing off from?
Fabian Gomez took the FedEx St. Jude Classic title, but which tour player reaffirmed his nice-guy status in Memphis? You can probably guess that one.
Here they are in no particular order…
1. Phil Mickelson greeting young girl at St. Jude Classic
Mickelson featured in this segment last week, but it’s hard to keep him out when he’s the nicest bloke around.
After finishing Sunday with a beautiful putt, that did a 360 of the lip, Mickelson began to walk off the course. However, before he did so, he walked over to a small girl, who had had Mickelson’s caddie’s bib placed on her.
The girl, who is thought to be associated with the Memphis St. Jude Children’s Hospital, was given a signed glove by Mickelson. He also signed her bib with true Mickelson class.
Even if Phil doesn’t finish in first place at Chambers Bay, it’s hard to see him getting knocked out of our top five any time soon.
2. Jodi Ewart Shadoff’s putt
Anything Bubba can do, England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff can do, too.
The video of Watson’s imaginative putt at Chambers Bay went viral at the end of last week. What you probably didn’t see was Ewart Shadoff do something similar.
The 27-year-old was playing at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Friday when she aimed her putt in the opposite direction to the seventh hole.
She sent the ball towards a steep undulation just in front of a bunker, where the ball rolled along and back down towards the hole.
3. Antti Ahokas shoots 66 in 2h45m
Slow play is one of the most cited reasons for frustration at golf clubs. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’ve obviously never played behind Antti Ahokas.
The Finn completed the final round of the Lyoness Open in just under three hours, shooting a 66 in the process.
Despite this impressive feat, he didn’t end up in contention for the title and wasn’t even the highest-placed Finn.
4. Max Kieffer hitting 18 GIR
It’s a tired stereotype that Germans are efficient, but Max Kieffer makes a good case for it.
Kieffer hit all 18 greens in regulation on Thursday in Atzenbrugg on his way to shooting an opening day 67.
A little like Ahokas, it won’t mean much given that he finished T22.
5. Playing off diamonds at Atzenbrugg
You won’t find these in your local club’s shop.
A picture was taken by the European Tour of a tee marker in the shape of a diamond on hole 18 at the Lyoness Open.
They’re weren’t just showing off, though. The venue was the Diamond Country Club. Clever stuff.