BROOKLINE, Mass. — Who’re these guys?
Elevate your hand in the event you’ve ever heard of Callum Tarren, MJ Daffue, Hayden Buckley, Matthew NeSmith and David Lingmerth.
These 5 gamers — hardly family names in golf — are close to the highest of the leaderboard after Thursday’s U.S. Open first round at The Nation Membership. Tarren, Daffue and Lingmerth are tied for second place at 3-under par following opening spherical 67s. Buckley and NeSmith are 2-under par.
“I’m type of pinching myself,’’ mentioned the 31-year-old Tarren, who’s from England, ranked 445th on the planet and obtained into the sphere although sectional qualifying. “Simply excited with my begin, and let’s see what the subsequent few days holds.’’
Tarren’s journey was interrupted when his golf equipment by no means made it to Boston after he performed within the Canadian Open final week.
“I obtained right here, no golf equipment,” he mentioned. “There was 5 different gamers on my flight. All of them obtained golf golf equipment. So, it was the second U.S. Open I’ve performed in and second time no golf golf equipment.”
Tarren additionally certified for the 2019 Pebble Seaside Open, capturing 73-75 to overlook the minimize and by no means obtained his golf equipment that week till Wednesday.
Daffue, a South African who’s ranked 296th on the planet and performs on the Korn Ferry Tour, mentioned he’s toughened himself by enjoying in plenty of Monday qualifiers to get into occasions.
“What did I do — 12 out of my final 20 Monday qualifiers [and got in]?’’ Daffue mentioned. “It actually taught me to make plenty of birdies. I’ve translated that into my recreation. General stress once you don’t have any standing and you might be enjoying a Monday qualifier, that’s much more stress as a result of you already know you’ve obtained to go shoot 6-under par simply to have an opportunity.
“I’ve actually tried to return into this week not placing an excessive amount of stress on myself.’’
Lingmerth obtained into the sphere as an alternate when Martin Kaymer withdrew with an damage.
“What can I say?’’ he mentioned. “I don’t know. Bought off to a kind of begins, I suppose, the place simply making an attempt to deal with the golf ball. U.S. Open golf, everyone actually has to dig deep and combat, and inevitably one thing dangerous may occur, and also you’ve simply obtained to remain sturdy and rebound from it. I like this. I like these occasions. … The grind isn’t all the time enjoyable, however that is superb.’’
Jordan Spieth, who was a query mark to play Thursday after reportedly having a abdomen bug earlier within the week that restricted his apply, performed and shot a 2-over 72. Golf Channel reported that Spieth hit simply three balls on the vary on Tuesday, and performed little or no after that.
Fran Quinn, the 57-year-old Massachusetts resident who obtained into the sphere by way of native and sectional qualifying, shot 76. Quinn, enjoying in his fifth U.S Open, is the oldest participant to advance by native and ultimate qualifying in not less than the previous 40 years. The subsequent closest is Wes Quick Jr., who was 52 when he made it to Oakmont (Pa.) Nation Membership in 20.
Matthew Fitpatrick, who gained the 2013 U.S. Novice at The Nation Membership, is in competition after one spherical after capturing 68.
“I’ve tried to don’t have any expectations coming into this week,’’ Fitzpatrick mentioned. “I simply need to benefit from the week, having clearly performed so effectively right here 9 years in the past. I’ve obtained nice recollections of the place, and the entire time I’ve been out, I see photographs that I hit and I see the locations I used to be. I believe due to that I’m a bit extra comfy.
“I’m simply making an attempt to not put any stress on myself. It’s a golf course I do know I can do effectively round, and I’m simply making an attempt to get pleasure from it.’’