10 things to know about the return of the US Open to Brookline

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From the significance of his four-day run to his return to Brookline, here are some details about the championship that might go unnoticed.

Golfers play the 11th hole at Brookline Country Club. Craig F. Walker/Boston Globe Staff

The 122nd US Open golf tournament will take place at Brookline Country Club next week.

Presented by the United States Golf Association (USGA), the tournament is one of the PGA’s four major championships.

Whether you’re attending the golf tournament between June 16-19 or just watching it from home, here are 10 things to know about the US Open, from the significance of its four-day span to where you can still find tickets, and more importantly, why it’s such a big deal that the tournament is returning to the Country Club at Brookline.

We don’t talk about tennis.

It shares the same name as the September tennis tournament, but there are no racquets involved here. The first US Open golf tournament was hosted in 1895 by Newport Country Club (the 9-hole, 36-hole one-day championship course was a far cry from the 72-hole game in 2022). It is now one of four major men’s golf championships played, the other three being the Masters, the British Open Championship and the PGA Championship. It can get confusing for fans when it comes to The Opens of golf or tennis, but sports fans make no mistake when it comes to this June event.

It’s four days.

The tournament length is the result of a 72-hole stroke play, allowing golfers to play four rounds of 18 holes 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 played consecutively throughout the weekend.

Limited tickets are still available.

Although pricey, if you somehow missed this acclaimed event taking place in your backyard and are trying to find a way to attend, don’t worry – tickets are still available. Whether you opt for a weekly badge or a day pass, you can see what’s available on TicketSmarter.

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Brookline Country Club

This isn’t the first time it’s been held at Brookline..

Brookline Country Club first hosted the US Open in 1913 and again in 1963 and 1988. This year the course was transformed from previous years. According to Golf Digest, the routing used for the 2022 US Open features “a new order of holes compared to the order played in the 1963 and 1988 tournaments.” “It also includes a hole not used in a major since 1913,” Golf Digest reports.

This is a historical lesson.

Although the Country Club is new this year, the course is undeniably historic – established in 1883 as the first country club in the United States. As for the US Open, it was one of the courses that helped bring golf to the American mainstream after an unnamed caddy won the 1913 US Open held at the Country Club. Francis Ouimet is now known for transforming the sport in the United States, and the site still honors the 20-year-old amateur who beat professional golfers Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. Oh, and it’s ranked 17th on Golf Digest’s list of America’s Top 100 Courses.

10 things to know about the return of the US Open to Brookline
A pair of golfers played the 18th green at Brookline Country Club on May 26. The club will host the 2022 US Open, with practice rounds starting on June 13.

Here is who is favored

There are usually 156 players registered for the US Open but the names to know are: Scottie Scheffler, ranked number one in the world and who just won the Masters in April; Jon Rahm, who won the US Open last year at Torrey Pines; Rory McIlroy, who played expertly and is heading for a long overdue win; Justin Thomas, who just won the PGA Championship; and Collin Morikawa, who won the 2021 Open Championship title on his debut. Much to the disappointment of fans, Tiger Woods did not play due to persistent leg pain.

There is an official cocktail this year.

For the first time in 122 years, there is an official cocktail party for the US Open, courtesy of Dewar’s Whisky. The Lemon Wedge is a contemporary take on the classic highball, with 1.5 ounces of Dewar’s 12-year-old whiskey, 3 ounces of club soda, and 2 ounces of freshly squeezed lemonade, topped 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.

Here’s what to wear, or not carry.

Although there is no official dress code for the US Open, the Country Club is a formal establishment that requires certain dress code at its various venues. Although not enforced during the US Open, if you wish to adhere to the club’s lifestyle, some important regulations include men’s jackets in the South Wing of the Clubhouse, casual sportswear such as ” golf shirts, slacks or Bermuda shorts. shorts of similar length 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.

As part of the United States Golf Association, the USGA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c), member engagement and fundraising program that was launched in 2017. With a mission to “make advancing the game” through their four main pillars – improving the on-course experience for all players, creating a healthier relationship between the courses and the environment, celebrating traditions and preparing future leaders – the foundation receives a part USGA membership dues to fulfill its duties to the next generation of golfers.

something to watch

This week, the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series makes its debut in London. The league, made up of 48 players including American golfers Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, is under scrutiny not only for dividing the golfing world with some of golf’s top names taking part in the tour, but also for alleged rights violations. of the man behind the sponsored dollars. . The PGA has suspended players who play in LIV, preventing them from playing in both leagues. However, on Wednesday the US Open, which is run by the USGA and not the PGA, announced that golfers who play on the LIV Golf Tour can play at Brookline. It’s a hot topic in the world of golf right now, and it’s sure to stay away at next week’s championship.


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