The Country Club at Brookline Takes Its Toll on U.S. Open Contenders

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The Country Club, Brookline, MA — June 18, 2022

The leaderboard on day three of the 2022 U.S. Open read like a stock ticker as The Country Club at Brookline, Massachusetts bared its teeth and bit back at the greatest golfers in the world. A change in the weather that featured a shift in the wind direction reduced the number of golfers in red numbers from 23 to just nine.

Yesterday’s co-leaders, Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen started the third round at five-under-par. They both dropped, almost out of sight. Morikawa bogeyed the fourth hole, birdied the fifth, and then carded three more bogeys to go along with two double bogeys over the remainder of his round. He sits at two-over-par in a tie for 17th.

Dahmen bogeyed the first, fourth, seventh, and eighth holes before settling down to make 10 straight pars. He is possibly still in contention at one-under for the tournament, tied for seventh.

Incredible Swings

When you talk about incredible swings in professional golf it usually means the players are showing off their stunning skills. Today the swings in momentum sent names up and down the score sheet.

Scottie Scheffler, the number one ranked player in the world, started his day at three-under-par. A front nine score of 32 on the par 35 layout included an eagle on the eighth hole that sent Scheffler into the lead at six-under. His back nine featured a four hole stretch where he went double bogey, bogey, bogey, and bogey. He finished his round at two-under for the tournament and remarkably is tied for fourth.

Rory McIlroy lost three strokes to par on his opening nine. An even-par back nine left him in the tie for seventh with Dahmen and Sam Burns. Burns’ round included three birdies and four bogeys.

It was that kind of day for Rory McIlroy at The Country Club in Brookline, MA during Round Three of the 2022 U.S. Open. Photo courtesy of USGA / Kathryn Riley

Another New Leader

Jon Rahm came to the 18th hole hot off birdies on 14, 15, and 17. Looking at the leaderboard he found himself at the top with a cumulative score of five-under-par. A double-bogey on the 18th left him a stroke off the lead.

Matt Fitzpatrick got to the five-under mark, but a bogey on 18 left him in a tie for the lead at four-under. Through all the chaos, Will Zalatoris put together three birdies and a single bogey on the front nine. A solid back nine with eight pars and a birdie on the 15th, the longest par-four on the course at 503 yards. He joined Fitzpatrick as the co-leader with just one round remaining in the 122nd U.S. Open.

It’s truly anyone’s tournament to win.

Results of Round Three of the U.S. Open from The Country Club in Brookline

POS PLAYER TO PAR ROUND ROUND 1 ROUND 2 ROUND 3 TOTAL
T1 Will Zalatoris -4 -3 69 70 67 206
T1 Matt Fitzpatrick -4 -2 68 70 68 206
3 Jon Rahm -3 1 69 67 71 207
T4 Keegan Bradley -2 -1 70 69 69 208
T4 Adam Hadwin -2 E 66 72 70 208
T4 Scottie Scheffler -2 1 70 67 71 208
T7 Sam Burns -1 1 71 67 71 209
T7 Rory McIlroy -1 3 67 69 73 209
T7 Joel Dahmen -1 4 67 68 74 209
10 Nick Hardy E 3 69 68 73 210
T11 Denny McCarthy 1 -2 73 70 68 211
T11 Gary Woodland 1 -1 69 73 69 211
T11 Séamus Power 1 E 71 70 70 211
T11 Matthew NeSmith 1 4 68 69 74 211
T11 Aaron Wise 1 5 68 68 75 211
T11 Hayden Buckley 1 5 68 68 75 211
T17 Sebastián Muñoz 2 -1 74 69 69 212
T17 Min Woo Lee 2 -1 73 70 69 212
T17 Dustin Johnson 2 1 68 73 71 212
T17 Hideki Matsuyama 2 2 70 70 72 212
T17 Davis Riley 2 3 72 67 73 212
T17 Brian Harman 2 5 68 69 75 212
T17 Patrick Rodgers 2 5 69 68 75 212
T17 Collin Morikawa 2 7 69 66 77 212
T25 Patrick Cantlay 3 E 72 71 70 213
T25 Jordan Spieth 3 1 72 70 71 213
T25 Cameron Tringale 3 1 71 71 71 213
T25 Justin Thomas 3 2 69 72 72 213
T25 Adam Schenk 3 3 70 70 73 213
T25 Joohyung Kim 3 3 72 68 73 213
T25 Thomas Pieters 3 3 72 68 73 213
T25 David Lingmerth 3 4 67 72 74 213
T33 Adam Scott 4 2 69 73 72 214
T33 Richard Bland 4 2 70 72 72 214
T33 Mackenzie Hughes 4 3 72 69 73 214
T33 Marc Leishman 4 3 70 71 73 214
T33 Andrew Putnam 4 4 72 68 74 214
T33 Xander Schauffele 4 5 70 69 75 214
T33 Beau Hossler 4 8 69 67 78 214
T40 Joseph Bramlett 5 2 71 72 72 215
T40 Sam Stevens 5 2 71 72 72 215
T40 Justin Rose 5 4 68 73 74 215
T40 Brooks Koepka 5 5 73 67 75 215
T40 Travis Vick (a) 5 6 70 69 76 215
T45 K.H. Lee 6 3 71 72 73 216
T45 Guido Migliozzi 6 4 72 70 74 216
T45 Todd Sinnott 6 4 71 71 74 216
T45 Patrick Reed 6 5 70 71 75 216
T49 Sam Bennett (a) 7 4 70 73 74 217
T49 Chris Gotterup 7 5 73 69 75 217
T49 Max Homa 7 5 69 73 75 217
T49 Joaquin Niemann 7 6 71 70 76 217
T49 Callum Tarren 7 8 67 72 78 217
T49 MJ Daffue 7 8 67 72 78 217
T55 Grayson Murray 8 6 75 67 76 218
T55 Bryson DeChambeau 8 6 71 71 76 218
T55 Austin Greaser (a) 8 6 72 70 76 218
T58 Tyrrell Hatton 9 6 72 71 76 219
T58 Chris Naegel 9 7 73 69 77 219
T58 Wil Besseling 9 7 71 71 77 219
T58 Sebastian Söderberg 9 8 71 70 78 219
T58 Brandon Matthews 9 9 71 69 79 219
63 Harris English 10 8 73 69 78 220
64 Stewart Hagestad (a) 12 9 73 70 79 222