U.S. Open 2024: Paul Casey punks journalist (with wordplay!) over Bryson question


Quinn Harris

A sports journalist’s work is never done. While most of you out there have your feet up enjoying golf—or perhaps after a nice, sunny Father’s Day barbeque—Alan Shipnuck and his ilk are grinding away at the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, making sure they’ve dotted their I's and crossed their T's for when the final putt drops.

Shipnuck, ever the tenacious journalist, reached out to Bryson DeChambeau’s LIV teammate Paul Casey to get a “nugget” or two on U.S. Open contender. He got it ... kind of.

“Working the phones to get fresh material on the leaders," Shipnuck tweeted. "Bryson’s LIV teammate Paul Casey declined an interview, saying he’s had too many pesky requests. Then this happened…”

The man asked for a nugget. He got a nugget. You can’t be disappointed when things are taken too literally. That’s a fun bit of wordplay from the three-time PGA Tour winner and a solid way to avoid answering any questions. It looks like Casey’s been taking media lessons from Brooks Koepka.

Probably a bit disappointed not to get a morsel, Shipnuck still seemed to take it all in good humor, even texting back, “Okay, I can’t even be mad about this. As f**ked up as it is!”

It’s not like we’re lacking for DeChambeau tidbits and anecdotes, but a new one from a teammate never hurts, especially when a U.S. Open is up for grabs. A nice try by Shipnuck, but this round goes to Paul Casey.