Scottie’s dominant, Rahm’s injured and unsubstantiated rumors from Pinehurst

This Monday episode is full of life as U.S. Open week at Pinehurst arrives. It’s victory Monday for Brendan and the Cleeks as well as for Andy, who revels in Ernie going back-to-back on the Champs Tour and putting Steve Stricker in a body bag in front of his home crowd. They are also joined by Joseph LaMagna, which is cause to talk about their own first experiences covering a major as Joseph gets set for his. There are some early rumors from Pinehurst about the USGA putting their thumb on the scale, and other scuttlebutt from the ground. Eventually, they get to Scottie Scheffler’s win at Memorial, what it changes about how we view him if at all, and perhaps most importantly, how it might continue to change and wear on all his competitors especially for Pinehurst. They also discuss Jon Rahm and where he’s fallen given how close he battled Scheffler just a year ago and now comes to the U.S. Open with an injury and minimal form. There’s a fun KFT nugget about PGA Tour players taking exemptions, some reaction to a cruel LPGA DQ, and empathy for a catastrophic chokejob on the DP World Tour.