2022 US Open scores, takeaways: Justin Thomas seeks second straight major in familiar position

BROOKLYN, Mass. — Justin Thomas kicks off 2022 U.S. Open almost exactly the same way He started the 2022 PGA Championship, which he won a month ago at South Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In that game, Thomas had a tougher first-round 67, two behind McIlroy. In this event, Thomas played a tougher wave in the first round and shot a 69. McIlroy’s two guards.

the difference?someone First This time McIlroy’s leader Adam Hadwin shot the only 66 of the game on Thursday. However, JT is in the sweet spot for No. 3 in the Grand Slam, just like he did in No. 2 in the Grand Slam a month ago.

Thomas, his usual uncanny self with irons in hand, came close to finishing sixth. His putting also remains hot, with his sixth positive putting week in the past seven games.

JT didn’t keep the heavyweights away from him either. Even though Hadwin is 3 shots ahead, JT will care more about those tied with him (Joan Rahm, Colin Morikawa) and those ahead of him (Dustin Johnson 2 under, Mike Rowe Yi is 3 under).

Stable JT is a terrible proposition. At the PGA in May, he was a horse that stayed in the big group until it finally closed, as he proved himself to be a thoroughbred. You can’t always win like that, but he’s been on fire lately and it’s hard to see him fade over the next few days.

At the PGA Championship, he talked about four straight 67s to win. Four straight 69s might get him close enough here. On Sunday, we might be talking about Thomas being the first golfer to win a major in the past seven years (Jordan Spieth in 2015).

Here are eight other thoughts on the first round of the U.S. Open at the country club.

2. More Grand Slam titles: Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa both played earlier in the day at 1 under. This is impressive for two reasons.First, Ram Almost had to hit a three from the 17th tee and No. 18 his ball was taken by some kidsSecond, Morikawa has been saying all week that he is currently unable to hit the most reliable shot in all of golf for the past three years.

“I almost only played one draw,” Morikawa said. “That’s kind of a game plan. … It’s really not necessary to hit too many cuts. When I do, I don’t really do it. For the most part, I’m just committed to shooting and knowing My batting shape is today and it’s very straight. Like that 2 yard tie.

“I played a lot of golf last week and played a lot of holes to try to trust it. I probably haven’t played a tie since my freshman year in college. It was definitely in high school. It’s different. It’s not the same trust, but Ben Chow I have to believe it. It’s the only way I can shoot.”

3. Callum Taron Weird: A very strange part of Thursday was that Taron was tied for second after 18 holes, 12 of his first 15 holes were over par, and on the last three holes of the day, he was only on the last three holes. Under par when he finished with birdie-eagle-par. On the third-to-last tee of the day, you won’t see many golfers with first-round leads standing on the third-to-last tee.

4. Good morning, Damen: Joel Dahmen, who had a 67 on Thursday, was also No. 2 in T2 and not only had his best offer of the day on Thursday, but also a top-two finish.First, serious: “I’m competitive, I believe in myself, I hate losing. But it’s also the most fun for me when you play with the best players. I’ve played with me [Jordan] Spieth came close to the lead twice in the final round of the year, and in that moment, I love that kind of stuff. I like being in that situation. I like to be nervous. I like that my hands are shaking. That’s why we play this game. “

It’s a great thing for someone whose win this week will change their lives.And his quote about how he’ll spend his Thursday night sitting in the lead is even better: “I’m going to call him my newest best friend, Ben Recto; he’s a musician. pebble see him [Beach] This year, he’s in town tonight. We’re going to go to his concert. With 100 beers like we usually do at concerts, it’s hard to get to that place. “

5. Fitz Magic: Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 2013 U.S. Amateur winner at the golf course, shot a 2-under 68 in perhaps the most exciting round of the afternoon. Fitzpatrick seems to have made the leap In the majors, he can compete consistently, which wasn’t necessarily true in the first part of his career.Fitzpatrick is having the best statistical season of his life, and a bookend win in Brooklyn almost also On the nose, it would also be an amazing story.

6. Hi, Mr. DJ: The story of LIV Golf and the PGA Tour will live on. One of the former faces, Dustin Johnson, is fighting for his third major victory after a first-round 68. The matchup between DJ and Rory or JT — who both have their feet on the PGA Tour — is almost too tasty to consider this earlier in the week. This will be the first of many future feuds between players in the two leagues. Another subplot here is that DJ didn’t speak publicly at non-LIV events, but if he leads or is close to the top on Friday and beyond, he’ll get a lot of feedback on how much he’s changed his sports landscape question.

7. Beautiful Brooklyn: The consensus on Thursday was that the country club — which has an ambiguous “feel like a grand slam” — was set up very well for the first day. The greens on Thursday were slower than I expected, but despite that, coupled with the early winds, the average score for the day was still 2.6 over par.

“It was very difficult,” Rahm said. “Honestly, when we had the first five holes with no wind, I think we were going to blow the roof off this place. If there was no wind, someone would have shot a 6, 7 under, right? Obviously, a A well-designed golf course is always difficult. When the crosswinds kick in, it’s hard.”

8. Hard times for lefties: Phil Mickelson shot a first-round 78 to beat just two of the 15 amateurs in the field Thursday, which is more broadly representative of LIV players. Fifteen golfers in the PGA Tour’s rival leagues shot 53-over, with only DJ and U.S. Amateur champion James Piot under-par.

9. Max Homa’s batting: The best iron on the field Thursday was Homa, who had more than four shots close to the ball and shot a 1-under 69. Homa has always been adamant that he has learned a lot about not having to be perfect in the majors, and it’s clear from his performance in the last few games that this will lead to better play on the golf course. If he keeps hitting like he did for the first 18 holes, he’ll be a sneaky guy to watch over the past three days.

Rick Gehman, Kyle Porter and Greg DuCharme review Thursday’s event at the country club. Follow and listen to The First Cut Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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