Adam Scott hits to the 6th hole today – photo Robert Beck USGA
Adam Scott leads the nine Australasians at the completion of day one of the 2022 US Open at the Country Club, Brookline in Massachusetts.
Scott’s opening round of 1 under par 69 has him in a share of 14th place but, importantly, just three from the lead held by Canadian Adam Hadwin.
Scott played in the slightly easier conditions faced by those of the morning field, a strong putting round assisting him to his two birdie, one bogey round and although there have been only three top tens in his twenty previous starts in this event, he is at least nicely positioned in the early stages of this event to improve on that stat.
Marc Leishman has also begun the championship well, recovering with two late birdies in his morning round to be at even par and tied for 26th and just four from the lead.
Marc Leishman in action today – photo Kathryn Riley USGA
Three weeks ago, a start at the US Open and in his first major was likely beyond the wildest dreams of Victorian Todd Sinnott, but he managed to claim one of the three Sectional Qualifying for this event in Japan and today he justified that inclusion by producing an opening round of 71. A great up and down to save par at the last completed what was no doubt a very satisfying day for the Asian Tour player.
Given that Sinnott bogeyed three of his first six holes today, it was a classy effort to recover in the manner he did for the 30 year old who won on the PGA Tour of Australasia earlier this year.
Cameron Smith finished with a round of 72 to be tied for 57th but he made a reasonable recovery after a horror start in which he reeled off four bogeys in his first seven holes. A bogey at his last hole took the gloss off what might otherwise have been a solid start but he will have the advantage of an early start in day two to get himself back into the thick of things.
Perth’s Min Woo Lee, playing his first US Open, was in great shape heading into his final few holes at even par but three bogeys in his final four led to a round of 73 and in a share of 79th position he has work to do in his first ever US Open if he is to be around for the weekend.
Lucas Herbert, too, had something special going until he reached his final hole, the 9th. He was through the green with his approach from 180 yards and found trouble which eventually led to a triple bogey 7 which turned a solid start into a near disaster.
New Zealand’s Ryan Fox came into this week with hopes of another good finish to go with what he been a strong year to date in 2022 but he would record a disappointing round of 74 and needs perhaps a round of 71 or better tomorrow if he is to play all 72.
Fox’s fellow countryman Danny Lee could not follow up his good week in Canada last week and had 76 and the Australian PGA Champion, Jed Morgan was unable to recover from a horror start to his day and was round in 82 in his first major championship appearance.
The cut appears as if it will fall around the 4 or 5 over mark so it is hoped that several Australasians can still make the weekend.