What We Learned: Staff lessons from the first-ever US Open at Erin Hills

The 117th U.S. Open crowned a new major champion at a first-time major venue in Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. A lot went on during the week. Here’s what our staff will remember most from golf’s national championship.

Jon Rahm has a temper—and, you know what, that’s O.K.

As the mercurial Spaniard Jon Rahm scowled, pouted and club-tossed his way to a MC at Erin Hills last week, I kept returning to the same thought: This guy is going to be Ryder Cup gold. By all accounts Rahm is a good hombre—fun, warm, approachable. But in the heat of competition he makes the Hulk look huggable. In the first round, I was greenside at the 4th when Rahm punctuated a shoddy chip by slamming his putter into his bag as you might an ax into a log. On the tee box on the next hole he admonished a pack of reporters and other assorted hangers-on for not keeping pace. “Every hole guys!” he bellowed. “Really!?”

He was just warming up. On Friday, Rahm went full Rodman, tomahawking his seven-iron, pounding his fists, fuming. He even threw a bunker rake. It was alarming, childish behavior. And I kind of loved it. In this era of players trading smiles and fist-bumps in the climactic moments of majors and pro-bros Instagramming their spring breaks

Article source: http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2017/06/18/us-open-2017-staff-lessons-erin-hills

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