BOSTON (CBS) – On Saturday’s edition of The Golf Club, Hardy gets a lesson from Tom Giles, learns about the Orange Whip training tool, the difference between rangefinders and GPS and sits down with Rob Oppenheim, the Salem native preparing for the US Open.
First up was Oppenheim, who’s currently competing in the Cleveland open before next week’s major. After a horrendous first day in which he shot a 74 and even five putted, Oppenheim bounced back on Friday in Round 2 with a hole-in-one and shot a 67.
“I’m at one-under right now and I think I might make the cut on the numbers, so the hole-in-one was much needed,” said Oppenheim. “Hopefully I can keep it good going into the Open next week.”
Oppenheim has a great teacher in Jay Golden, who’s more than just a caddy. He’s a coach and a guru. Golf Digest even described Golden as “Golf’s True Renaissance Man” — which is quite the title to live up to.
“I hung out with Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Michelangelo and I’ve come back to coach one of the great, future hall of famers in Rob Oppenheim. … We’re getting ready for the US Open. I’m the world’s greatest teacher, and I know that because when I give a lesson that person never comes back. But Hardy, you go buy those golf clubs at Golfsmith in Watertown and I think I can get you on the tour,” Golden joked.
Oppenheim, 34, has one top 10 finish in 2014 on the Web.com Tour and has garnered numerous accolades throughout his career, but nothing compares to what he’ll face next week at Pinehurst.
“To get into the US Open at Pinehurst should be pretty special,” said the Rollins graduate.
Listen below for the full interview and you’ll understand why Golden is called a Renaissance man — that and much more: