SAN FRANCISCO – One a part of Mel Reid’s recreation plan, distinctive to most gamers, was who she known as two days earlier than her opening spherical on the U.S. Women’s Open.
“Yeah, I text Brooks. I texted Brooks on Tuesday. We had a long conversation and then we FaceTimed for an hour on Tuesday night,” Reid stated Thursday after capturing 4-under 67 to cleared the path at The Olympic Club.
Brooks, after all, is Brooks Koepka, the four-time main champion, gained back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2017 and ‘18.
“He gave me a few things that he follows by in a major,” Reid said, “so obviously appreciate his help.”
So, what did he tell her?
“No, I’m not telling you that. Good try,” Reid said with a smirk, resulting in laugher from the press-conference crowd.
Thursday, Reid stepped onto her first tee – the par-4 ninth, which the USGA is using as an alternative of the tenth tee, due to comfort – with no hesitation. She ripped one down the center, stiffed her iron shot and commenced her spherical with a stress-free faucet in birdie.
On the following tee, the par-4 10th, Reid hooked her ball left into the thick tough. Rough is hassle at Olympic Club, and most of the people anticipate a punch-out and a probable bogey, however what does Reid do? Muscles it out and makes her 10-footer for an additional birdie.
“I love the rough. That’s how a U.S. Open should be,” Reid stated
Her recreation plan – and whether or not this was Koepka’s recommendation or not, she wasn’t saying – was easy.
“You can’t bomb it everywhere. You’ve really got to think where your misses are. There’s a long, long way to go [until the end of the tournament], and if you don’t pay attention, this golf course can really eat you up. Just need to stay focused,” she stated.
Peak efficiency requires upkeep bodily, technically and mentally, and Reid doesn’t draw back from how laborious she works within the fitness center. “I do a lot of work with my physio, a lot of work with my trainer, Ken McDonald,” she stated. “We know what parts of my body is weak, we work on it, and it’s been paying off.”
It reveals when you can also make birdie from Olympic tough.
With the Solheim (*67*) and the Olympics developing, Reid is taking part in for extra than simply her first main trophy this week. “I’m a big believer, if you just take control of what you can control, it takes care of itself,” she stated. “Yeah, obviously, I want to play. I love representing my country. I never dreamed as a golfer I could play in the Olympics. I think it would be an absolute honor.”