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Austen Truslow is chipping one-handed in the U.S. Open

Austen Truslow is chipping one-handed in the U.S. Open
January 13, 2023; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Austen Truslow hits his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES (BVM) – The U.S. Open is never short on interesting storylines, especially this year with it being the first major since the PGA Tour/LIV Golf merger. However, one storyline that shouldn’t be overlooked is Austen Truslow’s unorthodox chipping method and his decision to use it in the U.S. Open. Truslow will be chipping one-handed at the third major of the season. 

“I will be using the one-handed technique at the U.S. Open this week,” Truslow said to the USGA.

The 27-year-old slowly began to implement the technique, that is usually only used in practice, into his play to be able to compete at a high level. The decision has paid dividends for Truslow and helped him qualify for the 123rd U.S. Open. 

“Over time it just became clear that I was a better chipper with one hand,” Truslow said.

Truslow won the U.S. Open qualifier at the Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach, Florida last week to earn his chance to play at the Los Angeles Country Club. Prior to that, Truslow played a full season on the Korn Ferry Tour and has also played in multiple PGA Tour events. 

A one-handed chipper in the U.S. Open will certainly be something to watch this week and Truslow is already getting some practice in at Los Angeles Country Club. 

“It feels great to be out here at Los Angeles Country Club,” Truslow said. “I am quite nervous for the tournament, but it’s good nerves and I can’t wait to tee it up on Thursday.”

The U.S. Open starts Thursday morning with the first group teeing off at 6:45 A.M. PDT. Truslow tees off at 2:27 P.M. PDT and currently has +500000 odds to win the major.