2022 US Open leaderboard breakdown: Adam Hadwin leads as Rory McIlroy tops all-stars after first round

The best players in the world compete in the 122nd US Open as the big names rolled out the gates at The Country Club. It started early on Thursday with Rory McIlroy leaping to the top of the leaderboard with a nearly flawless 3-under 67 effort. Dropped late in his tour, McIlroy will later meet Joel Dahmin, MJ Dafoe and a pair of his European counterparts at 3 Under.

“You’d take 67 rounds of this golf course any day,” McIlroy said. “Although I’m standing here a little disappointed because I cheated the last, it’s a great start to the tournament. I felt like I’ve done most things really well today. I did really well, hitting the ball in the right places, hitting a lot of greens, and giving myself a lot of chances.” .just did whatever you wanted to do at the US Open.”

However, that whole group will be overtaken by Adam Hadwin, who turned in the day’s Tour with a 4-under 66 in the afternoon. The Canadian is in the midst of a strong, sneaky season, which at one point included three consecutive top ten finishes but never tasted competition in a major tournament.

Hadwin cuts his act the rest of the way as suitable pursuers line up at the door. Defending Champion John Ram, PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and two-time main title holder Colin Morikawa, are all just three strikes back at 1-under, and will look to climb up the leaderboard in Round Two on Friday.

There is still a lot of action to go through and that’s exactly what we plan to do here as we split the top of the leaderboard in the first round of the 122nd US Open.

Distribution of the leaderboard at the 2022 US Open

1. Adam Hadwin (-4): The Canadian made his way to Maidan this week when Paul Casey withdrew due to injury. Entering Hadwin as a substitute in the sector playoffs, he barely looked like one on Thursday as all aspects of his game were in sync. Leading the field in strokes gained the tee green, and there is still room for improvement as the 34-year-old ranked 60th in strokes gained in the first round. That should attract fear in the eyes of his stalker, but still it was. As if he has been in this position more often than not as his best career achievement at a major is the T24 at the 2018 Masters. He enjoyed a great 2022 season that included T9 in the Players Championship, but the next three days will be a completely different animal.

T2. Rory McIlroy, Joel Dahmin, Calum Tarin, MJ Dafoe and David Lingmirth (-3): Since his last round in the 2022 Masters, four-time main champion McIlroy has been rolling. He continued his brilliant run on Thursday at The Country Club, but that wasn’t without some itchy head moments. After more than four hits earned, the Northern Irish put on a third-best performance with the flat stick in his professional hand on the PGA Tour. Strong off the tee and very skilled with his irons, he was around the green where he failed.

Kyle Porter called McIlroy’s about the green game “underrated,” and I’m inclined to agree because it ranks fourth in the mentioned category in the year and ahead of names like Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith and Patrick Reed, yet it’s rarely mentioned at the same time. This area of ​​the sack will need to bounce because he’s had some trouble supporting one great round with another.

T7. Matt Fitzpatrick, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and four others (-2): Nine years later, 2013’s American amateurs missed a win as Fitzpatrick looked very relaxed during his first tour of The Country Club. The 10th-placed Englishman took the tee to the green, continued to thrive off the tee and was able to conceal a very loose iron performance thanks to a strong short playing effort. He’s been knocking on the door for what seems like an eternity and on paper the 2022 version of Fitzpatrick is different. Having been in the final duo of the 2022 PGA Championship, heartache from Southern Hills will likely lead to rejoicing in Brookline.

T14. John Ram, Colin Morikawa, Will Xalatores, Justin Thomas, Max Homa and seven others (-1): Plenty of top hitters score at this number and are still at odds. Homa is getting a lot of attention based on his ironclad performance as he compiled the best approach numbers of his career on Thursday after picking up nearly 4.5 hits on approach. Maybe this should cheer us up or maybe the likes of Ram and Zalatori should cheer us up because they don’t have their ‘A’ game but they still sign sub-par rounds. However, a few of those players might make a move on Friday, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them lifted the US Open on Sunday.

Rick Jehmann, Kyle Porter and Greg Ducharme recap Thursday’s events at The Country Club. Go ahead and listen to The First Cut on Apple Podcast And the spotify.

T26. Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler, and 12 others (E): World No. 1 Schaeffler finished off a Birdie to return to a tie; However, there is another American worth highlighting. Schauffele only hit 50% of the lanes and was still able to get into the house on an equal footing, which sounds like a robbery. Felt as if he was all over the place on Thursday as he combed four sparrows to make up for four bogeys. In five matches at the US Open, he has placed five in the top ten; However, he still has to really compete because his average deficit entering the last round was 5.4 strokes. A big round on Friday afternoon might give him a realistic chance to have him on hand before the end of the week.

T42. Joaquin Niemann, Sam Burns, Bryson DeChambeau, Cory Conners and eight others (+1): After Vulture appeared at number eight, it looked like Neiman would threaten the front page of the leaderboard as he was standing at 2 below that day. With three bogeys in his last four holes, the young Chilean didn’t make it out of this tournament, but the mountain was definitely steeper than it could have been. There are some strong names running alongside Niemann, and after rounds of 1, they don’t have much room for error on the next 54 holes.

T57. Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Young and 19 others (+2): It was a typical Spieth run as he started his day with three bobs on the first four holes and had to work his way back to 2. He’s still in good health just under 100%, but all things considered, I’ll take Thursday’s efforts as a small victory as He placed in the top ten in close-up shots. Although the short game was less than stellar, he was only six strokes off his pace. While Young was in a similar place to Spieth from a statistical point of view, Cantlay was nothing like a shocking iron play. If he is going to somehow upend the narrative around his major championship problems, these clubs will need to move on because he has been solid both on the tee and on the greens.