Wisconsin Golf: World #1 Destination 

Brooks Koepka won the heart of the world with his victory at Erin Hills, over coming all the nerves and obstacles a major win will bring on the new first time Major Winner. Finishing second was Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman, who both pocketed $1,050,012.00 for their tie for second.  And yes, Brook’s winners share, which is seldom spoken about, is $2,160, 000.00, the first time a check of that magnitude was handed to the winner.

The State of Wisconsin was the real winner, both in the hearts of the players, as they loved Erin Hills, and with the focus that TV coverage gave to the growth of Wisconsin in the world of golf destinations, which has 9 of the top 100 courses residing in our home state; second only to California.  However, Golf Advisor Magazine recently tabbed Wisconsin Number 1 golf destination in the entire world, so be proud Badger state, you showed well this past weekend and the future looks bright with Steve Stricker hosting this week’s AM FAM Champions’ tour event in Madison.

Inside Notes:

Steve Stricker Quote: This is after a special exemption was not given to Steve to  play in this US Open, but he went through qualifying and Steve was professional as always, “ 

Wisconsin’s Steve Stricker, on Erin Hills as a U.S. Open host: “I asked some of the players and for the most part everybody seemed to like it. I’d like to see the fescue a little bit thinner and the fairways a little bit narrower, so it’s not a full-shot penalty for hitting it in the fescue, but it’s going to be harder to hit the fairways.”

Blimp Failure: 

An advertising blimp had a problem and fell from the sky. The pilot was slightly wounded in the fall. This was not his first fall from using this blimp. Can someone say new job on the forefront? The Blimp was owned by a firm named AirSign. The crash is being investigated by the NTSB and the FAA. 

Lexus and $10,000.00 

Every qualifier gets a Lexus SUV to drive and all players who are professionals, even though they don’t make the cut, are paid $10,000.00. The use of the car and a private lot for players and caddies, the $10,000.00 probably does not come close to the expenses the players have in logistics, trainers, coaches, family housing, travel, food, entry fees, and simply being on the road. Life on tour is not what you think it is.

Perfect Sponsor

Andrew “Beef” Johnston, the great and jovial European player, was seen on the practice tee with his new logo on his shirt, “Arby’s”. Enough said.

Press Tent Food

As you may suspect, the food served in unlimited quantities to the press from around the world was fabulous. From Prime Rib to mostly healthy food, the best was the last day, when they brought out PBJ sandwiches and milk. After walking about ten miles on rugged Wisconsin terrain, the milk was awesome. Unlimited frozen treats were available every day. This reporter gained six pounds.

How far do they walk during 18 holes at Erin Hills? 

The pros and caddies walk about nine miles on extremely hilly and rocky terrain. They are in excellent shape, but most before and after each round take advantage of their trainers and onsite massage and other therapies to recover quickly for the next day.

What’s Your Handicap at Erin Hills:  Course Rating 77.9 Slope Rating 145

If you were coming from the typical park district in Illinois, like let’s say Sycamore Park District, how many strokes would you get at Erin Hills?

Your handicap at Sycamore is 18 and the slope rating is 113. Your handicap at Erin Hills would be 23 due to the 145 slope index. If you played Justing Thomas on Saturday when he shot a 63, and because the course rating is 77.9, this meant that if you shot an 87, you would have lost by 1. However, your likely hood of shooting an 87 is slim, because of the 77.9-course rating, to establish is 23 handicap at Erin Hills,  you would have to shoot 101 half the time to be a 23 handicap. So the likely hood of beating Justin is pretty much not in the cards. You would have been crushed. Again, nice round Justin.