US Open (tennis) star Casper Ruud has an impressive golf Instagram

US Open (tennis) runner-up Casper Ruud has an impressive golf resume.

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Normally on this site, if we write about someone who claims to win the US Open, it would not be surprising to learn that this player has a instagram dedicated to golf.

Except we’re not writing about someone fighting for Golf US Open title, we write about a finalist on Sunday tennis US Open final.

Casper Ruud even told ESPN last week that he played at Winged Foot Golf Club, host of the US Open 2020, near the US Open tennis venue in New York, and left again. with a respectable 80. Ruud posted about his visit to his golf Instagram the last week of August.

Shooting 80 at a US Open site – and apparently doing it from the black tees, which are a step back at Winged Foot and clocking just under 7,000 yards on both courses – then under two weeks later to find himself in the final of a tennis Grand Slam, Ruud is clearly one of those guys who excels in all the sports that drive us mere mortals crazy.

Ruud told USOpen.org that he tries to play golf as much as he can, especially when traveling to tournaments.

“So it’s something I do a bit when we’re preparing for the tournament,” Ruud said. “I try to play nine or 18 holes here and there if I have time, but at the same time I’m here to do a job and that’s playing tennis, so I can’t consider it a vacation. ”

Ruud’s golf instagram has around 6,000 followers (and growing) compared to his main account which has over 275,000. He has chronicled many visits to the best courses in the world, from his country of origin, Norway, to Austria, to notable sites in North America like Winged Foot, Nemacolin, Big Horn and Indian Wells Golf Resort, one of his favorites.

“You can find golf courses anywhere and so many good ones,” Ruud said. “Indian Wells is a golf paradise. In New York, the Northeast courses are amazing in their own way.

He told USOpen.org that he carried one or two handicaps and showed off some of his skills with an impressive shot hit right-handed with a left-handed club on his Instagram.

Ruud also spoke to USOpen.org about the similarities he sees between golf and tennis, which is likely why so many sports greats are drawn to golf. Former ATP No. 1 Mardy Fish competed in the PGA Tour’s 3M Open this summer and I think we now have a certain friendship between the GOATs of each sport.

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“I always like a challenge and golf is the same,” Ruud said. “You really play yourself and your own emotions. In tennis, you only have a fraction of a second to react, while in golf, you have minutes between your strokes.

As for his strengths, Ruud probably has another reason to be envious, and that is that like so many other athletes who get into golf, he says he can hit bombs.

“I think my strong side when I play well is my training,” he said. “As a tennis player you have a certain explosiveness in your body, so we tend to hit it quite far, but not quite like the guys on the PGA Tour. If I hit a few bombs it can go up to 310 yards, so when I drive it well it kind of builds my whole game. If you drive well you play well, that’s kind of the way it is. If I don’t drive well, I have a lot of trouble.

And while he tries to find a tee time around his tennis schedule, you probably won’t find the ATP No. 7 at Bethpage Black or Shinnecock, some of the New York areas and other venues of the US Open on Sunday morning.

“I try to play as much as possible, but I don’t play 18 holes the day before a match, because I would like to save my energy for [tennis],” he said.

Maybe he’ll grab a quick nine or hit the range instead.

Jack Hirs

Golf.com Editor

Jack Hirsh is Associate Editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack graduated in 2020 from Penn State University and earned degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his high school golf team and still tries to stay competitive among local amateurs. Prior to joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a media journalist/reporter, but also producing, anchoring and even presenting the weather forecast. He can be contacted at jack.hirsh@golf.com.



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