US Open 2022 – Sights, sounds and best third round moments

BROOKLINE, Mass. – A lot can happen on a Saturday at the US Open, especially with a ranking as busy as this one. With a mix of big names and lesser known names, things could get interesting on a cooler, windier day at the Country Club.

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Here is what happens:

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Rahm of trees

Between rocky outcrops and thick fescue at the US Open this week, we saw our fair share of hard shots, but none were as unique as the one Jon Rahm had to hit on the par-5 eighth hole on Saturday. Rahm’s ball ended up nestled under a tree.

Rahm tried to practice several types of swings – left-handed, right-handed while standing on top of the tree trunk – but ended up deciding to hit it back with his right hand. The ball escaped less than 20 yards. Rahm smashed his next shot to the green but ultimately had to settle for a bogey. — Paolo Uggetti

From Casey Martin to Aaron Wise

Aaron Wise is in contention at the US Open, and his rise in professional golf began at the end of the 2020-21 season, when he pulled an old putter out of his garage. It was the same one his Oregon golf coach, Casey Martin, used when he qualified for the 2012 US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Martin won a Supreme Court case against the PGA Tour for using a cart due to a birth defect that prevented him from walking. Martin had part of his right leg amputated in October. Martin gave the putter to Wise while Wise was playing for the Ducks. He won an NCAA individual title and helped Oregon win its only national championship in 2016. He ranks 23rd in putting this week, earning more than 3 strokes from the field. — Marc Schlabach

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The wind whips

Here’s what the leaders face at the Country Club, according to Denny McCarthy, who was among the few players to shoot under par so far today: northwest. It played a little differently. It tipped a bit where all the holes played a little differently today. It took a little more thought.

He said the 502-yard 10th hole felt more like a par 5 than a par 4 due to 25 mph winds directly in the players’ faces. He said it was difficult to keep approach shots on the No. 12 to the green because of the front pin placement. Although McCarthy birdied the par-4 13th, he said the hole was “brutal”. “It could be a skin,” he said. — Marc Schlabach

But it’s always spicy there

Justin Thomas wasn’t happy after a USGA rules official denied him relief from a mid-fairway drain on the fourth hole. His ball was inches to the right of the drain. He would have been exonerated if the drain affected his stance or the line of his swing. After getting his shot, Thomas let out his frustration in a way that was, well, very colorful. “That’s what pisses me off, because so many other people would lie about being able to hit that, but it’s like I wouldn’t. That’s fucking bulls—, man “, Thomas said to the caddy Jim “Bones” Mackay, before throwing his iron on his bag.

According to a statement from the USGA: “During the discussion, Justin was asked if the drain would interfere with his swing, to which he replied that it didn’t. Because it didn’t. there was no interference from the drain, Justin was not relieved Rule 16.1 a(1) states that interference from an immovable obstruction exists when the ball touches or is in or on the obstruction, or when the obstruction physically interferes with the player’s area of ​​intended stance or area of ​​intended swing. the obstruction is close enough to distract the player but does not otherwise interfere, there is no relief under the Rule.” — Schlabach

bad bounce

The Country Club course is already playing much harder at the start of Saturday’s wave than it had the first two days, so it was like adding insult to injury when Hideki Matsuyama’s second shot in the short par-4 fifth hole hit the flag on a bounce and roll to the green side bunker.

Matsuyama got up from the sand and returned to the green, but the damage was done. What probably would have been a birdie to put him in the red numbers turned into an unfortunate bogey that put him 1 over. — Uggetti

Difficult conditions

Moving Day at the 122nd US Open might look more like Grinding Day for the 64 players who survived the 36-hole cut. With the winds picking up at the Country Club and the USGA typically having fun with weekend pin placements, players are having a very tough time so far. According to the USGA, the Greens were rolling in the top 12 and were cut and rolled double Saturday morning.

With more than half the field having started their round, only two players who have played at least nine holes – Australians Todd Sinnott and Denny McCarthy – are under par. Several top players, including Joaquin Niemann, Bryson DeChambeau, Tyrrell Hatton and Max Homa, are already 5 above or worse. — Schlabach

A dart

Xander Schauffele is not the only member of his team to try to fight back on Saturday. His father and trainer, Stefan, is back at the Country Club after being bitten in the upper lip by a hornet. Probably not the stinger he had in mind in the windy conditions. — Schlabach

The name of the game

The announcements on the first start of this US Open did not go well. Scott Stallings, who grew up in Worcester, was introduced as being from “War-chester” on Friday. It’s actually pronounced “Woostah”, and locals tell the guy who said it. On Saturday, things got worse.

Justin Thomas is quite famous. I just won the PGA Championship. Ranked fifth in the world. Simple, right? No. He was billed as “Justin Thompson”.

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money talks

Thanks to LIV Golf, the sport is talking a lot more about money these days. On Saturday morning, the USGA released the full scholarship breakdown for that week.

Let’s start with the ones that didn’t make the cut first. They each received $10,000 for the two days of work. Now let’s get to the real money (keeping in mind that Charl Schwartzel won $4.75 million for winning the first LIV event in London. The total payout is $17.5 million. Here’s what worth a place in the top 10:

1. $3.15 million
2. $1.89 million
3. $1.23 million
4. $859,032
5. $715,491
6. $634,415
7. $571,950
8. $512,249
9. $463,604
10. $425,830

The player who finishes 60th will win $36,852.

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