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Campbell's Orr key to defending U.S. Open champion's success

Posted June 12, 2014
Updated June 13, 2014

— As Justin Rose prepares to defend his U.S. Open title, he’ll have a bit of a home field advantage; that’s where Campbell’s David Orr comes in.

Orr is a teaching pro who specializes in putting, and his star pupil is the defending champion.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have great clients, and your reputation changes when one of your clients wins the U.S. Open,” said Orr.

Winning back-to-back Opens would really be a game changer.

“I think Justin’s got a good chance, if he can just stay mellow,” said Orr. “It’s just tough for that long of a period. It wore him out last year and he did a great job mentally.”

Rose had great things to say about Orr’s teaching.

“Even last year, my stroke wasn’t great, but we built a stroke we knew would work,” said Rose. “We built a stroke knowing what my tendencies were and that’s the kind of knowledge he has. It’s very easy to chase perfection in this game and that doesn’t always make you a better player, understanding what you have and how to deal with it. He’s been a very valuable addition to the team for sure.”

Rose isn’t the only one in the pairing that finds value in the player-coach relationship.

“Working for Justin, I feel like I’ve learned just as much and grown so much in the last couple of years working with him as a coach,” said Orr. “The job looks easy. You look like you’re working with a Ferrari.”

Orr has a fleet of sports cars in his U.S. Open garage. In addition to Rose, Orr works with three other’s in this week’s field: D.A. Points, Daniel Berger, and five-time PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan.

All told, that’s four players with a chance to win this week’s Open and two players among the world’s top-50.

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