VIDEO: Morikawa, Scheffler Talk Northeast Amateur & Wannamoisett
Before they became major champions, Collin Morikawa and World #1 Scottie Scheffler both played in the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett County Club.
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Scheffler played in the Northeast Am four times throughout his collegiate career.
“I remember I stayed right across the street. That was always a fun event for us. I spent a lot of time on that practice putting green, just having putting contests with people because my house was 100 yards away, so I pretty much hung out there all day,” Scheffler recalled in his Tuesday U.S. Open press conference.
He added, “That golf course is fantastic. I think you learn a lot playing those types of courses where you stand there on the first tee, and you are, like, oh, my goodness, I’m going to rip this place up, and then 5-under wins the tournament. Those are always fun kind of frustrating tests for us.”
Morikawa won the Northeast Amateur in 2017.
“It was huge. It was one of the bigger amateur events throughout the summer. It was one that I obviously wanted to win. To get that, I think I lost in a playoff at Sunnehanna the week before. It started a good stretch of golf for that summer,” Morikawa told GolfNewsRI in his Tuesday U.S. Open presser.
The Northeast Amateur ranks Morikawa’s 2017 performance as the fourth best in tournament history.
Morikawa played a practice round on Tuesday with two amateurs and said he was happy to pass on what he has learned about preparation since winning the Northeast Am.
“I think the biggest thing is just learning your routines and coming to these places and figuring out the ropes. It can be overwhelming as an amateur. I remember my first U.S. Open at Pebble three years ago, and it’s definitely overwhelming. You have to learn how to just stay in your own lane and figure out by Thursday how do you play golf,” the two-time major champion said.
Morikawa and Scheffler will tee off in the U.S. Open on Thursday, both looking to add another major championship to the resume.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Amateur takes place next week at Wannamoisett.