Anybody know a Justin Thompson?
Confusion and bewilderment at Brookline as the US Open starter mistakenly announces Justin Thomas as Justin Thompson.
Fortunately, the faux-pas doesn’t look like a bad omen for JT who has hit par on his opening two holes.
Shot of the day so far?
A sensational birdie from Min Woo Lee could well be a contender for shot of the day.
Lee reads the green beautifully as he putts majestically from 18 yards on the 10th. That’s going to take some beating today.
A tough day ahead
Front nine scoring has averaged 36.80 so far today, worse than that of the previous two rounds. With firm greens and a devilish wind we could be looking at a very difficult day.
JT ready to start third round
This year’s PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is minutes away from beginning his third round. He’ll start at one-over and is paired alongside Seamus Power.
Hatton halts slide
A par on the ninth has seen Tyrrell Hatton end a poor run which saw him go double-bogey, bogey, bogey. That puts the Englishman at seven-over and four-over on the day.
Scottie Scheffler is in the building!
Scheffler has arrived at Brookline ahead of his attempt to become the first current world number one to win the US Open since Tiger Woods.
The Masters champion had a great second round yesterday, which saw him get within two shots of the lead and he’ll be looking to continue that march when he tees off in a little under three hours.
Bryson DeChambeau birdies the first
Bryson DeChambeau, one of the controversial defectors to the LIV Golf series, has started his third round well after a birdie on the opening hole.
The American started two-over but is now moving up the leaderboard as he hopes to get back in contention and challenge for his second US Open.
Today’s pin positions
Jordan Spieth off to a poor start
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 US Open winner, finds the bunker before escaping to bogey the first hole.
The third round is underway
The halfway point of the 2022 US Open doesn’t feel all that different from the day before it started.
There are stars and household names lined up, all in good position to capture another major championship. However, next to them, there are plenty of journeymen and potential one-hit wonders.
For every Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy among the top 12 spots of an eclectic halfway leaderboard, there’s a Joel Dahmen or Nick Hardy or Hayden Buckley. For every Scottie Scheffler, there’s a Patrick Rodgers.
Only two shots separate Morikawa and Dahmen, who lead the way, from the rest of the top 12.
Four of this diverse dozen, Morikawa, Rahm, McIlroy and Scheffler, have major titles. Six more, Dahmen, Buckley, Beau Hossler, NeSmith, Rodgers and Hardy, made it to this week by earning spots via 36 holes of qualifying in a process that starts with nearly 9,000 entrants, whittles to 870, then ends with 65 joining the other 91 who had earned exemptions straight into the field.
The golf course they face over the weekend will be unlike most any other they’ve seen, not only because of the craggy, hilly layout at The Country Club, but also because the weekend forecast expects 10-15 mph wind blowing from the north.
“I would expect over the weekend for it to get a little faster and a little fierier,” McIlroy said. “You have to be pretty precise already, but maybe just that little bit more precise with everything.”
Given how we stand with the field and forecast there’s still every chance we see a surprise winner emerge even with some established names also in the running.