SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio dissects the historic course which last hosted the U.S. Open in 2004.
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SOUTHHAMPTON, N.Y. — Part of Rickie Fowler’s preparation for the 118th U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club included playing a practice round with one of the greatest champions of all time.
Fowler, looking for his first major title, teed it up Tuesday with Brady, the five-time Super Bowl champion, for a friendly round of golf at nearby Friar’s Head Golf Club. The two were joined by Joe Skovron, Fowler’s caddie, and investment banker Jimmy Dunne.
“I’ll tell you what, Tom Brady can putt,” Fowler said Wednesday before playing a practice round in his final prep for Thursday’s start at Shinnecock Hills. “So if I can take that into this week, I think that’s one thing I took off him that will help me.”
On the back nine, five-time major champion Phil Mickelson joined the group.
“Phil and I had a match. Unfortunately, I was on the wrong side of it, but I’ll give it back to him this week,” Fowler said. “The last couple days have been nice to get away from how busy the U.S. Open is. Obviously, practice rounds can take some time. I think a big part of being ready for the week is being rested mentally and physically as well.
“So being able to go out and play and get away from kind of the hectic scene of the U.S. Open, I think can be very beneficial.”