Cameron Tringale has been hovering about all week without ever quite breaking into the upper echelons of the leaderboard. Three rounds of 71 will lead to that sort of thing. But the 34-year-old Californian is launching a late bid to make it up there. Birdies at 4, 8, 10 and 12 have launched him up to level par.
A couple of big putts here! Adam Hadwin drains a monster on 3 to save his par and hangs on in there at -1. Up on 4, Rory McIlroy steers a right-to-left swinger into the cup from 25 feet to bounce back from bogey. He’s up to -2 again!
A par-par start for the defending champion Jon Rahm. No drama yet. It’s a three-putt bogey for his partner Keegan Bradley, though, who has come out cold. He’s back to level by. A pair of no-nonsense pars at 1 for the final pair of Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris. Everyone’s out and about, and it’s on!
Denny McCarthy fired himself into contention yesterday by shooting 68 early doors, and watch most of the field come back to him. The 29-year-old from Maryland, who has no record to speak of in the majors, a tie for 42nd at Chambers Bay in 2015 his best showing, looks in the mood to fill that gap in his resume today. He’s birdied 1, 4 and now 5, and is a part of this championship now at -2!
-4: Scheffler (2), Zalatoris (1), Fitzpatrick
-3: Rahm (1)
-2: McCarthy (5)
-1: Hardy (4), McIlroy (3), Hadwin (2), Bradley (1)
A: Matsuyama (8), Dahmen (4), Burns (3)
Some backward moves. Keegan Bradley visits a greenside bunker on 1 to open with a bogey. The local lad slips to -1. Joel Dahmen drops to level par with bogey at 3. Then in the match coming after, Rory McIlroy pulls his second into rough and can’t make the ten-foot par saver he leaves himself. He’s back where he started the day at -1.
The very early clubhouse leader is Guido Migliozzi. The 25-year-old Italian, who finished in a tie for fourth last year at Torrey Pines, signs for an excellent 66. That’s better than anything posted yesterday, and shows what is possible. Scottie Scheffler doesn’t seem in need of any such advice, though, as he rolls in his 15-foot birdie putt on 2, joining the leaders in short order. Hadwin meanwhile can only advance his ball from the thick fescue to lighter rough, but does extremely well to get up and down to limit the damage to bogey.
-4: Scheffler (2), Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick
-2: McIlroy (2), Bradley
-1: McCarthy (4), Burns (2), Hadwin (2)
Back-to-back birdies for the 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama! He’s not far off acing the par-three 6th. Then he steers in a right-to-left curler on 7, and all of a sudden he’s level par for the tournament. He could quite feasibly be joined there soon by Adam Hadwin, coming the other way, because the 34-year-old Canadian has pulled his tee shot at 2 into the thickest fescue on the hill to the left of the green. If he escapes with bogey here, he’ll be doing well. His partner Scottie Scheffler is pin high on the dancefloor, where he’ll be looking at another birdie.
Burns’ ball is plugged in the face of the bunker at 2. He does extremely well to bash out to ten feet. McIlroy nearly drains his long birdie effort, the ball stopping just to the right of the cup. He taps in for by on a very testing hole … as does Burns, who completes his sandy save with a confident roll. Meanwhile back on 1, Scheffler converts his birdie chance, and already this US Open final round is beginning to happen!
-4: Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick
-3: Scheffler (1), Rahm
-2: McIlroy (2), Hadwin (1), Bradley
-1: Dahmen (2), Burns (2)
McIlroy fires his tee shot at 2 at the flag. His ball lands 25 feet short. He’ll have another look at birdie. Burns dunks his effort into the bunker to the left. Back on 1, Scottie Scheffler batters his opening drive down the track, only for his ball to end up in a deep divot. That’s awful luck, but this guy isn’t world number one for nothing, and he attacks his second with great power and determination to send the ball to six feet! Another early statement from one of the leading pack, right there.
Well now. McIlroy calmly steers in a left-to-right curler from 20 feet, and that’s an opening birdie! The Boston crowd, positively disposed towards Rory, yelp and yell accordingly, but the man himself limits his celebration to a small clenched fist. He looks in determined mood. What a start, though. By for Burns.
-4: Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick
-2: McIlroy (1), Bradley, Hadwin, Scheffler
-1: Dahmen (2), Burns (1)
Rory McIlroy didn’t hit many fairways yesterday. He’ll need to improve on that stat this afternoon. He creams his opening drive down the track, and though it rolls into the first cut down the right, that may settle any nerves. He finds the heart of the green with his second. He’s going round today with Sam Burns, already a three-time winner on tour this season. Burns pulls a nervous opening drive towards trees down the left, but gets a lucky bounce back and also finds the green with his second. A couple of big putts – possibly round-defining? – coming up!
We may have to report on pain and heartache for your favorite players later, it’s the nature of major-championship Sunday. So let’s get some feelgood stuff in while we can. A couple of beginners took turns to lead this tournament on Friday. MJ Daffue was an inch away from going four clear at one point, before Callum Tarren took over for a while. It could never last, but they both made the weekend, and went round together today in style. Birdie at 17 for Darlington’s Tarren, birdie at 18 for the South African Daffue, and they sign for a pair of 69s. They both finish their week at +6, impressive work, and now with some priceless major championship experience in the back pocket.
The early scoring certainly suggests birdies will come at a premium this afternoon. Of the 52 players who have gone out, only eight are under par for their rounds. Bryson DeChambeau has struggled to a 75; Grayson Murray couldn’t break 80. But there are a couple of exceptions that either prove the rule, or show there’s a score out there if somebody seizes the day, whichever way you want to slice it. Marc Leishman is currently three under for his round through 11, while Guido Migliozzi, who tied for fourth last year at Torrey Pines, is the same through 15. They’re respectively +1 and +3 overall.
Here we go, then, another testing day at Brookline! It’s breezy again, albeit not quite as much as yesterday. But breezy enough. The temperature is down, and there was rain earlier, so the course will be playing longer. The greens are still firm despite the showers, and will only get firmer as the day wears on. So don’t expect a birdie riot. There could be a whole lotta scramblen’ going on.
Moving Day moved, baby. Like pulp, baby! And now Matt Fitzpatrick has the chance to add the 2022 US Open to the 2013 US Amateur title he won at Brookline as an 18-year-old. Neat narrative arc, huh?
But other splendid stories are available. Can Will Zalatoris go one better after coming second at the PGA last month? Could Jon Rahm become only the eighth man after Willie Anderson, John McDermott, Bobby Jones, Ralph Guldahl, Ben Hogan, Curtis Strange and Brooks Koepka to retain the US Open?
How about if Keegan Bradley hoists the silverware in front of his hometown crowd? Or if Adam Hadwin becomes the first Canadian winner? Imagine if Scottie Scheffler wins his second major of the year and fifth Tour event in four months? If Sam Burns makes his major breakthrough? If Joel Dahmen lands the prize and runs around with a beer on and the puppies out? And then there’s Rory McIlroy’s eight-year itch.
So, y’know, there are plenty of tales to be told. And if today’s final round is anything like yesterday’s topsy-turvy nonsense, we’ll be talking about this US Open for years to come. Here’s how the top of the leaderboard looked after 54 holes …
-4: Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick
-2: Bradley, Hadwin, Scheffler
-1: Burns, McIlroy, Dahmen
+1: McCarthy, Woodland, Power, NeSmith, Wise, Buckley
+2: Munoz, Lee, Johnson, Matsuyama, Riley, Harman, Rodgers, Morikawa
+3: Cantlay, Spieth, Tringale, Thomas, Schenk, Kim, Pieters, Lingmerth
… and here’s the fourth-round tee sheet (all times BST). It’s the final round of the 122nd US Open! It’s on!
1.49 p.m.: Stewart Hagestad, Harris English
2 p.m.: Brandon Matthews, Sebastian Soderberg
2.11 p.m.: Wil Besseling, Chris Naegel
2.22 p.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Austin Greaser
2.33 p.m.: Bryson DeChambeau, Grayson Murray
2.44pm: MJ Daffue, Callum Tarren
2.55 p.m.: Joaquin Niemann, Max Homa
3.06 p.m.: Chris Gotterup, Sam Bennett
3.17 p.m.: Patrick Reed, Todd Sinnott
3.28 p.m.: Guido Migliozzi, KH Lee
3.44 p.m.: Travis Vick, Brooks Koepka
3.55 p.m.: Justin Rose, Sam Stevens
4.06 p.m.: Joseph Bramlett, Beau Hossler
4.17 p.m.: Xander Schauele, Andrew Putnam
4.28 p.m.: Marc Leishman, Mackenzie Hughes
4.39pm: Richard Bland, Adam Scott
4.50 p.m.: David Lingmerth, Thomas Pieters
5.01 p.m.: Tom Kim, Adam Schenk
5.17 p.m.: Justin Thomas, Cameron Tringale
5.28 p.m.: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay
5.39 p.m.: Collin Morikawa, Patrick Rodgers
5.50 p.m.: Brian Harman, Davis Riley
6.01 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson
6.12 p.m.: Min Woo Lee, Sebastian Munoz
6.23 p.m.: Hayden Buckley, Aaron Wise
6.34pm: Matthew NeSmith, Seamus Power
6.50 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Denny McCarthy
7.01 p.m.: Nick Hardy, Joel Dahmen
7.12 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Sam Burns
7.23 p.m.: Scottie Scheffler, Adam Hadwin
7.34 p.m.: Keegan Bradley, Jon Rahm
7.45 p.m.: Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris