There’s a couple of unknowns who topped the opening day of the 2022 US Open Golf at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
It’s World No.50 Adam Hadwin from Canada – currently leading following a great score of four under par 66 – ahead of World No.445 from England in Callum Tarren at three under par 67, especially when he scored a brilliant eagle on the 8th hole at Par 5. Even World No.592 from Sweden, David Lingmerth is tied 2nd with Tarren – where he scored consistent pars, as well as three birdies that reflected a brilliant finish to his Round 1 spell.
Then there’s many more to list through the field apart from Rory McIlroy – with World No.130 Joel Damhen & World No.296 from South Africa MJ Daffue rounding out the Top 6; Followed by World No.259 Hayden Buckley in 7th & World No.166 Matthew NeSmith in 8th.
It will be interesting to see if this Top 7 unknown stars – who announced themselves on-course earlier today – can keep up their brilliant opening round form in Day 2 tomorrow and go big towards the final two rounds this weekend. These are the ones to watch as we hope to see any outsider being mentioned dominate one of the majors here by Sunday evening, but again it’s too early to tell at this stage.
If a couple of outsiders isn’t enough, how about we look at our Australian Adam Scott down in Tied 14th at one under par 69 – including a fantastic finish with a birdie at the 18th hole to close off his opening round stint. Marc Leishman isn’t far behind in Tied 26 at equal par 70 where he fired off the first nine holes with three birdies, but he needs to make up the 2nd half consistency in the back nine holes if he wants to climb up through the Top 15-20 mark tomorrow.
However, there are some Aussies out there who are way down the pecking order, such as reigning PGA Australia Championship winner Jed Morgan – where his majors golf debut didn’t end up so well with two double bogeys & seven bogeys that was squeezed in between pars at 12 over 82 in 4th last/153rd.
We also saw Cameron Smith being outpaced by 42nd-placed Todd Sinnott in 57th right now at two over par 72, Although there’s still time for Smith to catch up tomorrow – even though his record at the US Open isn’t good in recent years except his P4 debut back in 2015, as well as Sinnott who can make the most of his US Open debut.