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US Open 2022 The Country Club Brookline

The US Open is organised by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Traditionally it is played in mid-June and scheduled so that the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father’s Day.

The US Open is an official tournament of both the PGA and European Tours. From a course difficulty perspective, the US Open Championship is traditionally the hardest of the four Majors to win.

The tournament is staged at a variety of courses and set up in such a way that scoring is difficult. US Open courses are typically characterised by low scoring, are long, have a high cut of primary rough, undulating greens and tight fairways.

This year the 122nd US Open is returning to The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

US Open Past Champions (2000 – 2001)

YearChampionScoreTo parVenue
2022The Country Club
2021Jon Rahm278-6Torrey Pines South Course
2020Bryson DeChambeau274-6Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course
2019Gary Woodland271-13Pebble Beach Golf Links
2018Brooks Koepka2811Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
2017Brooks Koepka272-16Erin Hills GC
2016Dustin Johnson276-4Oakmont Country Club
2015Jordan Spieth275-5Chambers Bay
2014Martin Kaymer271-9Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2
2013Justin Rose2811Merrion Golf Club, East Course
2012Webb Simpson2811Olympic Club, Lake Course
2011Rory McIlroy268-16Congressional Country Club, Blue Course
2010Graeme McDowell284EPebble Beach Golf Links
2009Lucas Glover276-4Bethpage State Park, Black Course
2008Tiger Woods283-1Torrey Pines Golf Course, South Course
2007Angel Cabrera2855Oakmont Country Club
2006Geoff Ogilvy2855Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course
2005Michael Campbell280EPinehurst Resort, Course No. 2
2004Retief Goosen276-4Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
2003Jim Furyk272-8Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course
2002Tiger Woods277-3Bethpage State Park, Black Course
2001Retief Goosen276-4Southern Hills Country Club
2000Tiger Woods272-12Pebble Beach Golf Links

Course Overview

The Country Club was founded in 1882 and is located in Brookline, Massachusetts. It is one of the oldest country clubs in the United States and one of the five charter clubs that founded the United States Golf Association.

Golf was not part of The Country Club until 1893, when Scotsman Willie Campbell, the club’s first professional, designed a 6-hole layout. It was expanded to nine holes a year later and by the early 1900’s it grew to 18-holes.

The two nines hole courses making up The Country Club are known as the Clyde and Squirrel Courses.

In 1927, William Flynn built a third 9-hole layout at The Country Club called the Primrose. The original Clyde and Squirrel nines comprise what is known as the Main Course.

Rees Jones made some alterations to the course ahead of the 1988 US Open which was won by Curtis Strange (-6 / 278) in an eighteen hole playoff with Sir Nick Faldo.

More recently, Gil Hanse has carried out a historically informed renovation of The Country Club using images taken when the course hosted the 1934 US Amateur. The renovation primarily involved the removal of many trees and expanding some greens for more flexibility on hole positions.

“It’s a golf course that plays over the terrain. There are so many golf courses that are designed to play through the terrain, but The Country Club takes it head on and goes right over the top of whatever was put in its way.”

Gil Hanse

Holes from all three nines are used for major tournaments. This is usually achieved by adding three holes from the Primrose nine to the Championship routing. This year’s US Open Championship will see holes 9, 13 & 14 comprising holes from the Primrose.

A constant for all majors at The Country Club is the stretch from 15 through 18 which is as tough a finish as any on the US Open rota.

The Country Club Scorecard

The Country Club will play as a 7,264 yard Par 70 for this week’s US Open.

HoleNameYardsPar
1Polo Field4884
2Cottage2153
3Pond4994
4Newton4934
5Bakers3104
6Plateau1923
7Corner3754
8Quarry5575
9Primrose 94274
Out 355635
HoleNameYardsPar
10Himalayas4994
11Redan1313
12Stockton4734
13Primrose 1&24504
14Primrose 86195
15Liverpool5104
16Clyde2023
17Elbow3734
18Home4514
In 370835
Total 726470
ShortestLongestAverage
Par 3’s131215185
Par 4’s310510446
Par 5’s557619588

The course will be setup like traditional US Opens which means a stern test of golf awaits. Course management will be key with scoring opportunities hard to come by.

As part of the renovation, the tree clearing brought newly exposed native ground into play. The more wayward the shot, the more penal the result. One of the key components for success this week is for players to put themselves into position from the tee.

Many fairways are contoured which can result in tricky lies. This will amplify the challenge of finding the right portion of the tricky contoured greens with approach shots.

The greens at The Country Club are small, averaging just shy of 4,400 square feet. They have plenty undulation with varying degrees of left or right break. If the weather is dry and the greens are firm, they will be by far the layout’s most challenging defense. Distance control will be critical due to the shape and small size of the greens.

This week is all about being mentally tough, minimising unforced errors and capitalising on scoring opportunities when they arise

2020 US Open Championship | Bryson DeChambeau

Venue Winged Foot Golf Club

Winning Score -6 (274)

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Bryson DeChambeau
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT5.3312
SGAPR7.6082
SGARG4.9785
SGP4.35625
SGT2G17.9181

Over 80% of DeChambeau’s strokes gained came tee-to-green which equated to a gain of nearly 18 strokes on the field average. He won by 6 strokes from Matthew Wolff and was the only player to finish under par for the week. He was also the only player to break par in the final round in what was a power-house performance. He finished in the Top 5 in each of the strokes gained categories of off-the-tee, approach and around-the-green. Other stats for the week include T55 for Driving Accuracy, 19th for Driving Distance, T8 in GIR and 28th in Putts per GIR.

2019 US Open Championship | Gary Woodland

Venue Pebble Beach Golf Links

Winning Score -13 (271)

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Gary Woodland
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT1.35722
SGAPR8.3583
SGARG0.99941
SGP7.1634
SGT2G10.7156

The key to Woodlands victory was in his approach play and putting. He finished 3rd in the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green category which resulted in a gain of 8.358 strokes. His excellent approach play carried over to his play on the green finishing 4th in Strokes Gained Putting. The putter delivered just over 40% of his overall strokes gained. He finished T9 for Birdies racking up a total of 17 for the tournament. Other stats for the week include T44 for Driving Accuracy, 10th for Driving Distance and 46th for Strokes Gained Putting.

2018 US Open Championship | Brooks Koepka

Venue Shinnecock Hills

Winning Score +1 (281)

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Brooks Koepka
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT1.53621
SGAPR8.8771
SGARG-1.93761
SGP8.1023
SGT2G8.47611

In successfully defending his US Open title, Koepka delivered a ball-striking master-class around Shinnecock Hills. He topped the pile in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green which delivered over 50% of his overall strokes gained. This translated to a gain of 8.877 strokes. His putter was also on fire finishing 3rd in Strokes Gained Putting. He finished 4th for Birdies racking up a total of 14 for the week. Other stats for the tournament include T55 for Driving Accuracy, 2nd for Driving Distance, 4th for GIR and 5th in Putts per GIR.

2017 US Open Championship | Brooks Koepka

Venue Erin Hills

Winning Score -16 (272)

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Brooks Koepka
SG Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT5.3793
SGAPR8.4661
SGARG-0.40445
SGP7.1103
SGT2G13.4423

Koepka’s all-round game was outstanding for the week. He finished inside the Top 3 for four of the five strokes gained categories for the tournament. In particular his approach play was on point finishing top of the pile for Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green. This yielded a gain of 8.466 strokes or just over 40% of his overall strokes gained. He finished T2 for Birdies racking up a total of 20. Other stats for the week include T4 for Driving Accuracy, 7th for Driving Distance, 1st for GIR and 20th in Putts per GIR.

US Open Championship Winning Formula

The following table shows a breakdown of the Average Strokes Gained for the 2017 – 2020 champions of the US Open.

2017 – 2020 Winners
SG Category
Winner’s Average
Strokes Gained
Average Finishing
Position (SG Category)
SGOTT3.40112
SGAPR8.3272
SGARG0.90938
SGP6.6839
SGT2G12.6385

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s US Open.

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US Open Tips

Shane Lowry golf betting tips

Shane Lowry 28/1 (E/W) – despite being a regular at the US Open, he has no form of note in the event. However, his form this season is the polar opposite. In thirteen starts he has 4 X Top 10’s among 8 X Top 25’s including a T10 in last week’s RBC Canadian Open. Statistically balanced, the 35-year places just outside the Top 10 in this week’s Stats Analysis. Currently 24th on Tour for Strokes Gained Putting and 5th for Scoring Average. A noted short-game specialist, his prospect improves with course difficulty. Fits the archetype for success this week and no doubting he has the potential and skill-set to make some noise come Sunday.

Tony Finau golf betting tips

Tony Finau 30/1 (E/W) – rolling the dice again this week with the big hitter from Utah. Has 2 X Top 10 finishes in the US Open since 2018 so knows what to expect at the year’s hardest major. His recent impressive form continues to trend nicely with a solo 2nd in last week’s RBC Canadian Open. Around St George’s he was 4th in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green and an eye-catching 5th in Strokes Gained Putting. Features inside the Top 20 in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 15th on Tour for Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. Looked very comfortable coming down the home straight in Canada in the lofty company of Rory and JT. All things considered, he is hard to ignore.

Corey Conners golf betting tips

Corey Conners 50/1 (E/W) – this will be his fourth time teeing it up at the US Open having failed to make the cut in each of his previous visits. Enjoying a stellar season with three Top 10’s among ten Top 25’s, including a solo 6th in last week’s RBC Canadian Open. His final round at St George’s was a blemish free -8 (62). The ball-striking-machine places just inside the Top 30 in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 4th on Tour for GIR and 13th for Scoring Average. Willing to overlook tournament shortcomings based on form and skill-set. Good each way value.

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