US Open 2022 Leaderboard Breakdown: Adam Hadwin leads as Rory McIlroy leads threatening stars after Round 1


The best in the world are on the march at the 122nd US Open, as big names have stormed through the gates of The Country Club. It started early Thursday with Rory McIlroy jumping to the top of the leaderboard with a near-perfect effort of 3-under 67. With a shot late in his round, McIlroy would later be matched by Joel Dahmen, MJ Daffue and a pair of European counterparts at 3-under.

“You would take 67 around this golf course any day,” McIlroy said. “Even though I’m standing here a little frustrated because I bogeyed the last one, it’s a great start to the tournament. I felt like I did most things right today. I certainly shot well and hit the ball in the right places.” and I hit a lot of greens, I gave myself a lot of chances. I basically did everything you need to do at a US Open.”

However, that entire group would be overtaken by Adam Hadwin, who completed the day’s round with a 4-under 66 in the afternoon. The Canadian is in the midst of a strong stealth season, which at one point included three consecutive top-10 finishes, but he has yet to taste contention in a major championship.


Hadwin has his work cut out for him the rest of the way, as the right hunters line up at the gate. Defending champion Jon Rahm, PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and two-time major title holder Collin Morikawa are just three shots apart at 1 under par, and will look to move up the leaderboard in the second round of the tournament. Friday.

There’s still plenty of action to play, and that’s exactly what we plan to do here as we break down the top of the Round 1 leaderboard at the 122nd US Open.

US Open 2022 Qualifying Breakdown

1. Adam Hadwin (-4): The Canadian made his way into the field this week when Paul Casey withdrew due to injury. Having come off the bench in the sectional standings, Hadwin hardly looked like one on Thursday as all facets of his game were in sync. Leading the field in strokes gained from tee to green, there is still room for improvement as the 34-year-old was ranked 60th in strokes gained in Round 1. That should strike fear in the eyes of his pursuers, but still so, not so. as if he has been in this position often, as his career best finish in a major championship is T24 at the 2018 Masters. He has enjoyed a strong 2022 season that included a T9 at the Players Championship, but the next three days they will be a completely different animal.

T2. Rory McIlroy, Joel Dahmen, Callum Tarren, MJ Daffue and David Lingmerth (-3): Since his final round at the 2022 Masters, McIlroy, the four-time Grand Slam champion, has been rolling. He continued the good game of his on Thursday at The Country Club, but was not without a few head-scratching moments. With more than four strokes won, the Northern Irishman posted the third-best flat-handed performance of his career on the PGA Tour. Strong off the tee and quite handy with his irons, it was around the green that he fell short.

Kyle Porter called McIlroy’s around the green game “underrated,” and I tend to agree as he ranks fourth in said category on the year and ahead of names like Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith and Patrick Reed, however, they are rarely mentioned at the same time. . He will need this area of ​​the bag to recover as he has had some trouble going back one big round with another.

T7. Matt Fitzpatrick, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and four others (-2): Nine years later, the 2013 US Amateur didn’t miss a beat, as Fitzpatrick looked extremely comfortable during his first round at The Country Club. Ranked 10th in strokes gained from tee to green, the Englishman continued to thrive off the tee and was able to hide an extremely weak iron thanks to a strong short game effort. He’s been knocking on the door for what seems like forever, and on paper, the 2022 version of Fitzpatrick is different. Having been in the final pairing at the 2022 PGA Championship, it’s possible the angst in Southern Hills will lead to jubilation in Brookline.

T14. Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Will Zalatoris, Justin Thomas, Max Homa and seven others (-1): Plenty of big hitters check in on this number and they are still firmly in contention. Homa is of considerable interest based on his performance with his iron, as he posted the best approach numbers of his career on Thursday, having won nearly 4.5 strokes on the approach. Maybe we should be encouraged by this or maybe we should be encouraged by Rahm and Zalatoris not having their “A” game yet signing sub-par rounds. However, a handful of these players may make a move on Friday, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them lifts the US Open trophy on Sunday.

T26. Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Daniel Berger, Scottie Scheffler and 12 others (E): Scheffler, No. 1 in the world, finished birdie-birdie to get back on par; however, there is another American worth noting. Schauffele hit only 50% of the fairways and was still able to get into the house on par, which looks like a robbery. He felt like he was all over the place Thursday as he posted four birdies to make up for four bogeys. In his five appearances at the US Open, he has five top-10 finishes; however, he has yet to really compete, as his average deficit before the final round has been 5.4 strokes. A big round on Friday afternoon could give him a realistic chance of being within his grasp heading into the weekend.

T42. Joaquin Niemann, Sam Burns, Bryson DeChambeau, Corey Conners and eight others (+1): After an eagle on the par-5 eighth, it looked like Niemann would threaten the top page of the leaderboard as he was 2-under that day. With three bogeys in his last four holes, the young Chilean is not out of this championship, but the mountain is certainly steeper than he could have been. Some strong names are alongside Niemann, and after rounds of 1 and up, they have little room for error over the next 54 holes.

T57. Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Young and 19 others (+2): It was a typical Spieth round as he started his day with three bogeys on his first four holes and had to work his way back to 2 more. He remains less than 100% healthy, but all things considered, he would take Thursday’s effort as a small win as he ranked in the top 10 in approach shooting. Even though the short game is less than stellar, he is just six shots off the pace. While Young was in a similar spot to Spieth from a statistical standpoint, Cantlay wasn’t, as his iron play was just awful. If he’s going to somehow change the narrative around his major championship woes, those clubs will need to get going, as he was solid both off the tee and on the greens.