Update from Adam Scott – U.S. Open

Hello Everybody:

It's Wednesday evening in New York and the night before our second major of the year gets underway. The U.S. Open is always an interesting atmosphere and this year is no different. The hustle and bustle of New York City has made it's way to Farmingdale, New York! The crowds have been electric since the gates opened at Bethpage State Park early on Monday morning. The New Yorkers have brought something special again this year and it's evident they are very passionate about golf. 2002 was the last year the U.S. Open was played here and it's hard for me to believe I've been on Tour long enough to be back here again! In some respects 2002 seems like it was just yesterday but then I have a look in the mirror and realize some time has passed and I've actually become a better golfer. I am excited to have the opportunity that lies ahead and I look forward to the official starter announcing my name on the 1st tee tomorrow at 1:25pm EST and hearing the New York crowd in the background. Thanks to New York and everyone that is coming out tomorrow to support the greatest game ever played!

Until next time, take care.

Adam tees off during a practice round at Bethpage Black on Monday.

U.S. Open Preview – Michael Welch

Michael Welch, a native of North Quincy, Mass., will be participating in his first U.S. Open ... barely. Welch didn't file his U.S. Open entry until 90 minutes before the deadline on April 29. He made it through local qualifying at the Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston, Mass., and then punched his ticket to Bethpage following a 3-under 138 at the Purchase, N.Y. sectional qualifier. By participating in the U.S. Open, Welch has now qualified for the grand slam of USGA championships in which he has been eligible (U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links, U.S. Junior Amateur).

Bob Vokey takes notes as he discusses wedges with U.S. Open participant Michael Welch. Voke built 48°, 54° and 58° wedges for Michael in preparation for this week.

U.S. Open week has arrived and Team Titleist is on the ground at Bethpage. The track is wet and playing long, and we will keep you up-to-date when our Titleist Brand Ambassadors make any adjustments to their set compositions in preparation for Thursday's official start.

To kick things off, Titleist wedge craftsman Bob Vokey sat down recently with Tour Insider and GolfChannel.com equipment editor David Allen for an in-depth interview which he tabbed "18 Questions with Bob Vokey." Some good inside stuff with the Voke, who will be one of the busiest men at Bethpage Black today through Wednesday. With over 40 percent of the field carrying at least one Vokey Design wedge in his bag, chances are good that another major champion will be thanking Voke come Sunday.

Click here to read the interview on GolfChannel.com.

Friday Fix with Dave Phillips

In the latest installment of Friday Fix, TPI co-founder Dave Phillips demonstrates how to hit chip shots out of intermediate rough. Click on the video player below to see Dave's short game tip.


Hello Everybody,

I hope this blog entry finds everyone having a good week. I am in Europe and working hard on my game and getting ready for our second major of the year next week. I am getting back to the basics of my golf swing and keeping my focus on a more simple approach. I think I started to over analyze certain aspects of my game which led to a lot of over-thinking. Every player and swing coach have various methods regarding the technical side of a golf swing, so what is good for one player doesn't necessarily translate to another player. I think Butch and I started to tweak too much and realize it's time to get back to what got me to #3 in the world. I am confident it's only a matter of time because the mechanics are all there. It's amazing how quickly things can turn in our sport.

My thoughts and condolences are with Champions Tour player, Ken Green and his family. Ken was involved in a tragic RV accident on Monday and everyone on the US PGA Tour is saddened by the news.

I'll get to New York on Sunday and I'm looking forward to a good week ahead. Each of the four majors has a special quality and the US Open crowds are always electric. It will be great to be back at Bethpage Black. I look forward to seeing you in NY!

Until next time, take care.

Butch Harmon and Adam Scott