Sad news:Xander Schauffele tied the major single-round scoring record, but what came after that was Below is the full details 👇 👇

Sad news:Xander Schauffele tied the major single-round scoring record, but what came after that was Below is the full details 👇 👇

cut and one withdrew — but there have been a few exceptions, including Nick Price’s T9 in 2005 and Nick Faldo’s T5 in 2002. And let’s not forget Hale Irwin. As an invitee at Medinah in 1990, Irwin beat Mike Donald in a playoff to win his third Open title. Cool stuff.

Barath: No issues here. I agree with Alan that Tiger sits in extremely rarified air and he should be given entry into any U.S. Open he feels so inclined to play simply based on his record and what he has meant to the game. Also, from a business perspective, the USGA would be silly not to invite one of the few golfers on the planet who can drive greater interest in the event regardless of where he finishes.

Alan Bastable, executive editor (@alan_bastable): Koepka said he felt “embarrassed” after his poor showing at the Masters; he also said he apologized to his team. That week really got to him so I think there’s little to zero chance of that happening to him again at Valhalla. He’s too prideful a player to record back-to-back clunkers at the majors. And now that his game appears back in form? Watch out! I don’t know if he’s the most dangerous threat to Scheffler, but I don’t see anyone more dangerous. As Koepka said after his win Sunday, “the big thing that kind of separates me is my ability to lock in and go someplace where I think a lot of guys can’t go.”

Ryan Barath, senior equipment editor (@RDSBarath): I still believe Scottie has the edge, but when it comes to competition I feel there is something to playing against someone you don’t see every week. With that in mind, it could be a mental test for Scottie if Brooks comes out firing on Thursday and Friday come PGA week.

Nick Dimengo, instruction editor (@ndimengo): I think so. Brooks knows how to win on the biggest stage (especially at the PGA), and he’s always said his career will be measured in majors. There are others capable, but Brooks vs. Scottie just has so much appeal that I think (hope?) the golf gods make that a rivalry for fans.

The USGA awarded Tiger Woods a special exemption into the 2024 U.S. Open, marking just the second time the USGA has done so in the last five years (the other was Phil Mickelson in 2021). Woods’ exemption he received into the U.S. Open with his 2019 Masters win ran out last year (he essentially has lifetime exemptions in the other majors), meaning he would have had to go through qualifying or win a tournament that would have gained him entry beforehand to earn a spot. Any issue with Woods getting this nod?

Berhow: Absolutely not. He won three U.S. Opens, three U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Juniors. For all of that, plus what he’s done for the game over the last three decades, he’s essentially earned the rare ability to ask into any event he wants.

Bastable: If Aaron Baddeley got one (in 2000!), I think we can all agree Tiger Woods is probably worthy. Heck, for what Woods has meant to golf, the guy should have lifetime entry to any tournament he wants to play. U.S. Open special invitees don’t have a great track record — 10 of the last 20 missed the cut and one withdrew — but there have been a few exceptions, including Nick Price’s T9 in 2005 and Nick Faldo’s T5 in 2002. And let’s not forget Hale Irwin. As an invitee at Medinah in 1990, Irwin beat Mike Donald in a playoff to win his third Open title. Cool stuff.

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