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Jon Rahm will be back to defend his title as the 122nd US Open tees off at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
We answer some frequently asked questions about the golf season’s third major.
June 16-19, 2022.
The Open Course, the Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts.
The United States Golf Association (USGA).
Last year at Torrey Pines, Jon Rahm won his first major championship beating Louis Oosthuizen by one shot.
World no.8 Rory McIlroy is favourite to win, fresh off the back of defending his RBC Canadian Open title with a final round 62. The course and conditions at Brookline will be similar to those at St. George’s Golf & Country Club just outside Toronto last week. McIlroy won the US Open in 2011.
Jon Rahm, no.2 in the world rankings, and the rest of the top five will be playing: Masters champion Scottie Scheffler (no.1); Patrick Cantlay (no.3); Players champion Cameron Smith (no.4); and Open champion Collin Morikawa (no.5). 2022 PGA champion Justin Thomas (no.6) will be looking to win his third major.
No, Tiger won’t be playing this year. The 15-time major champion played in the Masters and made the cut, withdrew after three rounds at the PGA, and announced last week that his body is still recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash over a year ago.
Yes, due to his age-defying PGA Championship victory in 2021 at Kiawah Island, Phil has a five-year exemption into the US Open.
The PGA Tour announced that those playing in the LIV Golf series are now suspended from the Tour, but the USGA then announced that those same players are eligible to compete in the US Open.
Like Phil, both players have decided to join the LIV Golf series, but will also be playing at this year’s US Open.
Because he needs a US Open win to complete the career grand slam of winning all four majors. Agonisingly, he has finished second six times.
Thursday (local times)
7:18 am: Collin Morikawa, James Piot, Jon Rahm
7:29 am: Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Max Homa
7:40 am: Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele
1:14 pm: Justin Thomas, Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau
1:36 pm: Matt Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson
1:47 pm: Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen
7:29 am: Justin Thomas, Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau
7:51 am: Matt Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson
8:02 am: Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen
1:03 pm: Collin Morikawa, James Piot, Jon Rahm
1:14 pm: Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Max Homa
1:25 pm: Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele
The US Open is a four-round, 72-hole stroke-play championship, with a cut after 36 holes. There are 156 players, and the top 60 players and ties make the cut.
The USGA sets a two-hole aggregate play-off. If still tied after two holes, players will compete in sudden death holes until a winner is crowned.
Yes, the last time was in 1988. Curtis Strange and Nick Faldo went into an 18-hole Monday play-off (the format at the time) and Strange won by shooting 71 to Faldo’s 75.
Brookline was also the site of the 1999 Ryder Cup when Team USA came back from a 10-6 deficit on Sunday to defeat Team Europe 14.5-13.5.
It’s par 70 and 7,264 yards long. That’s long for a par 70, with only two par fives: at holes 8 and 14. To get it ready for this event, it has undergone an extensive renovation by Gil Hanse. He has increased the size of a number of the Bentgrass greens, although they’re still notoriously small. There are a number of blind shots on the course and wild fescue rough.
With its tiny greens, we can expect the stats that have been important over the last decade in this championship – Greens In Regulation and Scrambling – to be key again. Last US Open, winner Jon Rahm ranked fourth for GIR and third for Scrambling.
The opening day is currently predicted to be sunny but partially cloudy with the temperature hitting a high of 26°C. Friday could be rainy with a 50% chance of precipitation, but temperatures could peak as high as 31°C. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be sunny but partially cloudy with temperatures between 11°C and 18°C through the day.
The winner lifts the US Open Trophy, which does not have a particular name. Dating back to 1947, it’s 18 inches tall and made of pure sterling silver. While the trophy must be returned each year, the winner gets a gold medal to keep, known as the Jack Nicklaus Medal since 2012.
The purse for the 2022 US Open has yet to be announced. The purse in 2021 was $12.5 million, with the winner receiving $2.25 million. That year, second place got $1.35 million, third $859,812, fourth $602,752, and fifth $502,035. 60th and last place following the cut made $25,907.
The winner receives 100 world ranking points and 600 FedEx Cup points.
Other benefits include a five-plus season exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year US Open exemption, as well berths in the next five years of the other three majors, as well as next year’s Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Tiger has won three US Opens, the last coming in 2008 at Torrey Pines. He previously won in 2002 at Bethpage Black and in 2000 at Pebble Beach.
Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for most victories, each winning four.
It will be held June 15-18 at Los Angeles Country Club.