‘Let’s win this thing,’ and that was big. Instead of just settling for pars and avoiding a big number, we went after it.”
Maybe, it’s fatherhood. Perhaps, it’s health as Oppenheim has rested his tender shoulder. But Menery noticed a different Oppenheim at the Plantation Reserve, just outside of Fort Lauderdale this time around.
“If it was day 1-2-3-4, he didn’t play defense, he didn’t play offense. He was just in such control of his golf ball,” said Menery. “We picked the same lines we had in the practice rounds, and he executed the shots. He never tapped the brakes.
“I’ve been following and working with him for 10 years, and I have seen him do this on a given day dozens of times. But to see him do it in its entirety for 72 holes, it was impressive, not only to me, but to everyone who saw him.”
Now 32 years old, Oppenheim has been knocking on the door of the PGA Tour, spending the past three years at the Triple-A level, Web.com Tour, earning over $400,000 in prize money.
Still approaching his prime, he’s hoping that this is the time he ultimately busts through.
“Obviously, there are no guarantees,” he said of the 6-round final stage. “I’ll need to play some of the best golf of my life to do it. And I definitely can.”
FOUR AMAZING ROUNDS In the 72 holes of Q-School golf at the Plantation Reserve this week, Rob Oppenheim made: 25 birdies, 43 pars, 4 bogeys.