US Open 2022 – Sights, sounds and best moments from the third round

BROOKLINE, Mass. โ€“ A lot can happen on a Saturday at the US Open, especially with a packed leaderboard like this. With a mix of big and lesser known names, things could get interesting on a cooler, windier day at The Country Club.

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Here’s what happens:

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cream from the trees

Between the ledges and fat fescue at this week’s US Open, we’ve seen our fair share of hard shots, but none were as unique as the one Jon Rahm had to hit on Saturday’s par 5 eighth hole. Rahm’s ball landed under a tree.

Rahm tried practicing several types of swings – left-handed, right-handed while standing on top of the log – but finally decided to hit him backwards with his right hand. The ball dribbled out less than 20 yards. Rahm smashed his next shot onto the green but eventually had to settle for a bogey. — Paul Uggetti

From Casey Martin to Aaron Wise

Aaron Wise is a US Open player and his rise in professional golf began at the end of the 2020-21 season when he retrieved an old putter from his garage. It was the same one his Oregon golf coach, Casey Martin, used when he qualified for the 2012 US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Martin won a Supreme Court case against the PGA Tour for using a cart because of a birth defect that made it difficult for him to walk. Martin had part of his right leg amputated in October. Martin gave Wise the putter while Wise played for the Ducks. He won an NCAA singles title and helped Oregon win its only national championship in 2016. He ranks 23rd in putting this week, scoring more than 3 shots on the field. — Markus Schlabach

Scottie Scheffler from downtown

The wind whips

According to Denny McCarthy, who was one of the few players to shoot under par today, here’s what the country club leaders are up against: โ€œHarder. Chiller temperatures. North-Northwest wind. It played a little differently. It tilted a bit where all the holes were played a little differently today. It took a little more thought.”

He said the 502-yard 10th hole played more like a par-5 than a par-4 because the 40-mph winds blew right in the players’ faces. He said it was difficult to hold approach shots on the #12 on the green because of the placement of the front pins. Despite having a birdie on the par-4 13th, McCarthy said the hole was “brutal”. “It could be a skin,” he said. — Markus Schlabach

But it’s still hot out there

Justin Thomas was not pleased after a USGA regulations officer refused to allow him to clear a drain in the middle of the fairway on the fourth hole. His ball was inches to the right of the drain. He would have been granted relief if the drain affected his stance or the line of his swing. After chunking his shot, Thomas vented his frustration in a, well, very colorful way. “That’s what pisses me off because so many other people would lie about them being able to hit that, but it’s just that I won’t hit it. This is fucking Bulls—man,โ€ Thomas told Caddy Jim โ€œBonesโ€ Mackay before throwing his iron at his bag.

According to a USGA statement: “During the discussion, Justin was asked if the drain would affect his swing, to which he replied that it would not. Since there was no impact from the drain, Justin was not granted relief. Rule 16.1a(1) states that there is interference from an immovable obstacle if the ball touches or is in or on the obstacle or if the obstacle physically interferes with the player’s intended stance area or intended swing area close enough to the obstacle is to distract the player but is not otherwise disruptive, there is no relief under the Rule.” — Schlabach

Bad jump

The course at The Country Club was already playing a lot tougher in the early Saturday wave than the first two days, so it felt like Hideki Matsuyama’s second shot into the short par-4 fifth hole would ricochet off the pin on a and roll all the way back into the green bunker.

Matsuyama got up out of the sand and back onto the green, but the damage was done. What would have likely been a birdie to put him in the red turned into an unlucky bogey that put him 1 over. — uggetti

Hard conditions

The moving day at the 122nd US Open might seem more like a grinding day for the 64 players who survived the 36-hole cut. With the wind picking up in the country club and the USGA having its typical pin-down fun this weekend, players are having a very difficult time so far. According to the USGA, the greens rolled in the top 12 and were double cut and rolled Saturday morning.

With more than half the field having started their turn, only two players who have played at least nine holes – Australia’s Todd Sinnott and Denny McCarthy – underperform. Several high profile players including Joaquin Niemann, Bryson DeChambeau, Tyrrell Hatton and Max Homa are already 5 over or worse. — Schlabach

A spike

Xander Schauffele isn’t the only member of his team who will try to hit back on Saturday. His father and trainer Stefan is back out at the country club after getting stung in the upper lip by a hornet. Probably not the Stinger he had in mind in the windy conditions. — Schlabach

The name game

First tee announcements at this US Open have not gone well. Scott Stallings, who grew up in Worcester, was introduced as “Warchester” on Friday. It’s actually pronounced “Woostah,” and the locals let the guy who said it know about it. On Saturday it got even worse.

Justin Thomas is quite famous. Just won the PGA Championship. Ranked fifth in the world. Easy right? nope He was introduced as “Justin Thompson”.

For the sake of accuracy

At the US Open, you choose your seats very carefully. This is what players will stare at all day.

The money speaks

Thanks to LIV Golf, the sport is talking a lot more about money these days. On Saturday morning, the USGA released the full wallet breakdown for the week.

Let’s start first with those who didn’t make it. They each got $10,000 for the two days they worked. Now for the real money (note that Charl Schwartzel took home $4.75 million for winning the first LIV event in London. The total payout is $17.5 million. Here’s what a place in the top 10 is worth:

1. $3.15 million
2. $1.89 million
3. $1.23 million
4. $859,032
5. $715,491
6. $634,415
7. $571,950
8. $512,249
9. $463,604

The player who finishes 60th takes home $36,852.

Sightings at the country club