Now. McIlroy steers quietly with curlers from 20 feet to left to right, and it’s the opening birdie! The Boston crowd actively faced Rory and screamed in response, but he himself limited his celebration to a small clenched fist. He looks determined. But what a start! Burns par.
-4: Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick
-2: McIlroy (1), Bradley, Hadwin, Chefler
-1: Darmen (2), Burns (1)
Rory McIlroy didn’t hit many fairways yesterday. He needs to improve that statistic this afternoon. He creams the opening drive along the track, and it rolls to the first cut on the right, which may calm any nerves. He finds the center of the green in the second. He is touring today with Sam Burns, who has already won three times on this season’s tour. Burns pulls his nervous opening drive towards the tree in the lower left, but regains his lucky bounce and finds the green in 2nd place. Some big putts-perhaps defining a round? – Approaching!
Later you may have to report on the pain and heartache of your favorite player, which is the nature of Sunday’s major championship. Then, let’s put in something that feels good as much as possible. Two debuters took turns to lead the tournament on Friday. MJ Daffue was one inch away from clearing four at some point before Callum Tarren took over for a while. It could never last, but they both made a weekend and went around stylishly together today. Darlington’s Taren is a 17-year-old birdie, South Africa’s Dahue is an 18-year-old birdie, and they sign 69 pairs. They both finish their week with +6, an impressive job, and now have some valuable major championship experience in their back pockets.
Early scores certainly suggest that Birdie will come in premium this afternoon. Of the 52 players who went out, only eight were below par in their rounds. Bryson DeChambeau is struggling with 75. Grayson Murray couldn’t beat 80. However, there are some exceptions that prove the rule or show that there is a score if someone grabs the day. Marc Leishman is currently 3 under in the 11th round, but Guido Miriozzi, who was 4th in the Torrey Pines last year, is up to 15. Overall +1 and +3, respectively.
Well then, another test day at Brookline. Not as refreshing as yesterday, but refreshing again. But it’s refreshing enough. The course will be longer as the temperature drops and it rains earlier. The green is solid despite the shower and only hardens over time. So don’t expect a birdie riot. There may be a lot of scrambling happening.
The day of the move has moved, baby. Baby, like pulp! And now, Matt Fitzpatrick has the opportunity to add the 2022 US Open to the 2013 US Amateur Championship he won at the age of 18 at Brookline.It’s a neat story arc
But other great stories are available. Can Zalatoris do one thing well after finishing second in the PGA last month? Jon Rahm can be the eighth to maintain the US Open, following Willie Anderson, John McDermott, Bobby Jones, Ralph Guldahl, Ben Hogan, Curtis Strange and Brooks Koepka. Do you?
What if Keegan Bradley lifts the silverware in front of the crowd in his hometown? Or what if Adam Hadwin becomes the first Canadian winner? Imagine Scottie Scheffler winning the second major of the year and the fifth tour event in four months. What if Sam Berns made great strides in him? What if Joel Dahmen got a prize and ran around drinking beer to get a puppy? And then there’s Rory McIlroy’s eight-year itch.
So there are many stories to talk about. And if today’s final round is like yesterday’s Topseater Beansense, we’ll be discussing this US Open for the next few years. Here’s what the top of the leaderboard looked like after 54 holes …
-4: Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick
-2: Bradley, Hudwin, Chefler
-1: Burns, McIlroy, Darmen
+1: McCarthy, Woodland, Power, NESMITH, Wise, Buckley
+2: Munoz, Lee, Johnson, Matsuyama, Riley, Harman, Rogers, Morikawa
+3: Cantlay, Spieth, Tringale, Thomas, Schenck, Kim, Peters, Ringmelt
… and this is the 4th round tea sheet (always BST). This is the final round of the 122nd US Open! It’s on!
1.49 pm: Stewart Bald Stud, Harris English
2:00 pm: Brandon Matthews, Sebastian Sodaberg
2.11 pm: Wil Besseling, Chris Naegel
2.22 pm: Tyrrell Hatton, Austin Greaser
2.33 pm: Bryson DeChambeau, Grayson Murray
2.44 pm: MJ Daffue, Callum Tarren
2.55 pm: Joaquín Niemann, Max Homa
3.06 pm: Chris Gotterup, Sam Bennett
3.17 pm: Patrick Reed, Todd Sinnott
3.28 pm: Guido Millionzi, KH Lee
3.44 pm: Travis Vic, Brooks Koepka
3.55 pm: Justin Rose, Sam Stevens
4.06 pm: Joseph Bramlet, Bo Hosler
4.17 pm: Xander Schauffele, Andrew Putnam
4.28 pm: Marc Leishman, Mackenzie Hughes
4.39 pm: Richard Brand, Adam Scott
4.50 pm: David Lingmerth, Thomas Pieters
5.01 pm: Tom Kim, Adam Schenk
5.17 pm: Justin Thomas, Cameron Tringale
5.28 pm: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay
5.39 pm: Collin Morikawa, Patrick Rodgers
5.50 pm: Brian Harman, Davis Riley
6:01 pm: Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson
6.12 pm: Min Wu Lee, Sebastian Muñoz
6.23 pm: Hayden Buckley, Aaron Wise
6.34 pm: Matthew NESMITH, Shamus Power
6:50 pm: Gary Woodland, Denny McCarthy
7.01 pm: Nick Hardy, Joel Dahmen
7.12 pm: Rory McIlroy, Sam Burns
7.23 pm: Scottie Scheffler, Adam Hadwin
7.34 pm: Keegan Bradley, Jon Rahm
7.45 pm: Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zaratris