BROOKLINE, Massachusetts. A lot can happen on a Saturday at the US Open, especially with a full leaderboard like this one. With a mix of big names and lesser-known names, things can get really fun on a cooler, windy day at The Country Club.
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Here is what happens:
It’s getting hot out there
Justin Thomas wasn’t thrilled after a USGA rules official denied him an exemption from the drain in the middle of the lane. His ball was inches to the right of the drain. He would get relief if the drainage affected his stance or his swing line. After chopping off his shot, Thomas released his frustration in a very colorful way. “That’s what bothers me, because a lot of other people lie about their ability to hit that, but it’s just like, I’m not going to do that. This is f—— b —— man,” Thomas told the pack. Jim “Bones” McKay, before throwing his iron into his bag. – Mark Schlabash
Moving Day at the 122nd US Open might look like Grinding Day for the 64 players who survived the 36-hole cut. With the winds nigh at The Country Club, and the USGA is having typical fun with its weekend pin placements, players are having a very rough time so far. According to the USGA, the Greens were rolling in the top 12 seconds and were cut twice and rolled on Saturday morning.
With more than half of the field starting its run, only two players to have played at least nine holes – Australia’s Todd Sinnott and Denny McCarthy – are substandard. Several high-profile players, including Joaquin Niemann, Bryson DeChambeau, Tyrrell Hatton and Max Homa, are over 5 years old or worse. – Schlbach
Xander Schauffele isn’t the only member of his squad who will try to make a comeback on Saturday. His father and coach, Stefan, is back at The Country Club after being bumped into his upper lip by wasps. Perhaps not the sting he had in mind in windy conditions. – Schlbach
The announcements about the first tee at the US Open did not go well. On Friday, Scott Stallings, who grew up in Worcester, was introduced as being from “War-chester”. It is actually pronounced “Wu-str” and the locals let the man who said it know. On Saturday, things got worse.
Justin Thomas is very famous. Just won the PGA Championship. Fifth place in the world. Simple, isn’t it? no. Introduced as “Justin Thompson”.
In the US Open, you choose your positions very carefully. This is what players will stare at all day long.
It’s a moving day!
– USGA Championship (usopengolf) June 18 2022
Thanks to LIV Golf, the sport talks a lot about money these days. On Saturday morning, the USGA released the full details of the portfolio for the week.
Let’s start first with those who didn’t make the cut. Each earned $10,000 for the two working days. Now, to the real money (considering that Charl Schwartzel earned $4.75 million to win the first LIV event in London. The total payout is $17.5 million. Here’s what a place in the top ten is worth:
1. $3.15 million
2. 1.89 million dollars
3. $1.23 million
4. 859,032 dollars
The player who finishes 60 will receive $36,852.