The 122nd US Open Golf Tournament is coming to The Country Club in Brookline next week.
The tournament is presented by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is one of the four major PGA championships.
Whether you’re attending the golf tournament between June 16 and June 19 or simply watching it from home, here are 10 things to know about the US Open, from the importance of the four-day duration to where to find tickets, and the most important is why it’s such a mega deal that the tournament will return to The Country Club in Brookline.
We are not talking about tennis†
It has the same name as the September tennis tournament, but it doesn’t involve rackets. The first US Open golf tournament was hosted by Newport Country Club in 1895 (the 9-hole course, 36-hole championship over one day was a far cry from the 72-hole play in 2022). It is now one of the four major golf championships played for men, the other three being The Masters, Britain’s The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. It can be confusing to amateurs when it comes to Golf vs Tennis Opens, but sports fans make no mistake when it comes to this June event.
It’s four days†
The length of the tournament is the result of 72 holes of stroke play, allowing golfers to play four 18-hole rounds over a four-day period (with a cut after 36 holes). The championship kicks off with the first round on Thursday, June 16 at 2 p.m., with the second, third and final rounds being played all weekend in a row.
Limited tickets are still available†
While it’s expensive, don’t worry if you somehow missed this critically acclaimed event coming to your backyard and are trying to find a way to attend – tickets are still available. Whether you opt for a week badge or a day pass, TicketSmarter shows you what is available.
This is not the first time it has been held in Brookline†
The Brookline Country Club first hosted the US Open in 1913, then again in 1963 and 1988. This year the course was transformed from previous years. According to Golf Digest, the route used for the 2022 US Open contains “a new order of holes than the order played in the 1963 and 1988 tournaments.” “It also includes a hole that hasn’t been used in a major since 1913,” reports Golf Digest.
This is a historical course†
Although The Country Club presents a novelty this year, the track is undeniably historic – founded in 1883 as the first country club in the United States. With regard to the US Open, it is one of the courses that helped bring golf to the American mainstream after an unnamed caddy won the 1913 US Open hosted at The Country Club. Francis Ouimet is now a household name for transforming American sport, and the venue still pays tribute to the 20-year-old amateur who defeated professional golfers Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. Oh, and it’s ranked 17th on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Best Courses.
Here’s who the favorite is
There are usually 156 registered players in the US Open, but the names you should know are: Scottie Scheffler, ranked the number one golfer in the world and just won the Masters in April; Jon Rahm, who won the US Open at Torrey Pines last year; Rory McIlroy, who has played expertly and is on his way to a long-awaited win; Justin Thomas, who just won the PGA Championship; and Collin Morikawa, who took home the 2021 Open Championship title on his debut. Much to the disappointment of fans, Tiger Woods is not playing due to persistent leg pain.
There is an official cocktail this year†
For the first time in 122 years, there is an official cocktail for the US Open, courtesy of Dewar’s Whisky. The Lemon Wedge is a contemporary twist on the classic highball, featuring 1.5 ounces of Dewar’s 12-year-old whiskey, 3 ounces of club soda and 2 ounces of freshly squeezed lemonade, garnished with a lemon wedge (of course). It will be served at The Country Club throughout the tournament, but is also available as a cocktail kit for home viewers.
This is what to wear, or not to wear†
While there is no official dress code for the US Open, The Country Club is a formal establishment that requires certain attire at its various venues. While it may not be enforced during the US Open, if you want to stick to the club’s lifestyle, there are a few key rules, including men’s jackets in the south wing of the clubhouse, casual sportswear such as ‘golf shirts, pants’ or Bermudas’. shorts and skirts of similar length for women,” according to The Country Club’s guest information page. Finally, hats and caps must be removed when dining inside the clubhouse.
It’s not all fun and games, there’s a cause†
Part of the United States Golf Association, the USGA Foundation is a 501(c) nonprofit, member engagement, and fundraising program launched in 2017. the on-court experience for all players, creating a healthier relationship between courses and the environment, celebrating traditions and preparing future leaders – the foundation receives a portion of USGA membership dues to fulfill their responsibilities towards the next generation of golfers to fulfill.
Something to watch
The controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series debuts this week in London. The league, which consists of 48 players, including American golfers Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, is under scrutiny for not only dividing the golf world with some of the best names in the world of golf attending the tour, but also for the alleged human rights violations behind the sponsored dollars. The PGA has suspended players who play in LIV, preventing them from playing in both leagues. On Wednesday, however, the US Open, which is run by the USGA and not the PGA, announced that golfers playing on the LIV Golf Tour will be able to play at Brookline. It’s a not-to-be-ignored topic in the golf world right now and will definitely be sidelined at next week’s championship.
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