If Sunday can match Saturday at The Country Club, we’re in for a treat this Father’s Day. By all accounts, the USGA has nailed the course setup all week. The result is a phenomenal leaderboard entering Sunday. Will Zalatoris (67) and Matt Fitzpatrick (68) each shot the rounds of the day on Saturday—and they were rewarded with the co-lead after 54 holes.
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Zalatoris and Fitzpatrick have played as well as anybody in the world over the past six months, and clearly their stellar play has been rewarded at The Country Club. It also seems like an odd coincidence that both are waiting for their first PGA Tour victory … they’ll have the chance to make history by making the 2022 U.S. Open their first tour title.
Of course, the stories go way beyond Zalatoris and Fitzpatrick. It looked like they’d be joined at the top by Jon Rahm, whose costly double-bogey 6 at the 18th hole Saturday leaves him one back of the lead. The Spaniard had birdied three of his previous four holes and carried a one-shot lead onto the 18th tee. But his approach out of the sand ended up costing him two shots. Everyone will expect Rahm to defend his title up until the very last holes today. That includes oddsmakers, who only make Zalatoris and Fitzpatrick a slight favorite over Rahm.
Scottie Scheffler had the most disappointing back nine—playing the stretch of Nos. 11-14 at five over par to fall back from the 6-under mark. Still, he’s at 2-under and just two back of the lead. So is Keegan Bradley, who quite honestly, could create the most raucous seen in Boston if he’s close to the lead down the stretch.
U.S. Open 2022 live updates:
10:35 a.m.: With 20 players having started their final rounds thus far, there’s only one player under-par. And that’s Haskins Award winner Chris Gotterup, who stuck his tee shot tight at the par-3 second hole. Other than him, The Country Club is winning over everyone else early on Sunday.
Here are all the pin positions for the final round. It doesn’t look like too many easy locations … particularly down the stretch…