The 2022 U.S. Open at The Country Club

Daily content from our team on-site at the 122nd United States Open in Brookline, Mass.


An intense U.S. Open elevated its protagonists, the game, and our understanding of the meaning of the National Open

By Michael Bamberger

Matthew Fitzpatrick overpowered The Country Club for a feel-good win at the 122nd U.S. Open

By Alan Shipnuck

In the last Fire Drill podcast of a busy week, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Bamberger & Alan Shipnuck go deep on long-hitting Matt Fitzpatrick’s breakthrough win at the U.S. Open. They also discuss Rory, Will Z, the course setup and The Country Club’s place in the pantheon.

The week spent at The Country Club was everything the author dreamed of (well, most of it) — and then some

By Ryan French


With thoughts about Rory’s grind, Keegan’s juju, JT’s pique, the Sunday setup, the Keegan lovefest and much more

By Alan Shipnuck

Gem that it is, The Country Club has produced a dream leaderboard. So, who wins?

By Michael Bamberger

The latest Fire Drill podcast goes deep on a thrilling third round: Geoff Ogilvy revels in the windy challenge; Alan Shipnuck hails Rory’s grit; Ryan French celebrates the louder crowd; and Michael Bamberger discusses Jeff Maggert’s sex life. 

Dripping in history, the Ouimet House is an homage to the game’s amateur roots  

By Michael Bamberger


For the latest Fire Drill podcast, Ryan French goes deep on the unknowns near the lead, Ogilvy and Bamberger wax poetic about metal spikes and Jon Rahm, and Alan Shipnuck asks, Who is the best player in the world right now?

With thoughts on watering TCC’s greens, the Open rota, blind shots, LIV’s effect on the Ryder Cup and more

By Alan Shipnuck

The U.S. Open will push the players to the limit. Come Sunday, it will also identify the best golfer 

By Michael Bamberger


In this instant-reaction Fire Drill podcast following the first round of the Open, Ryan French revels in the qualifiers on the leaderboard while Geoff Ogilvy goes deep on the setup. Alan Shipnuck & Michael Bamberger chime in on Rory and the subdued crowd.

With thoughts about Rory’s potential windfall, the winning score, ugliest shirts, future LIV defectors and more

By Alan Shipnuck

Callum Tarren has traveled a million miles to get to Brookline, and the author was part of the far-flung journey

By Mark Baldwin

Is the U.S. Open ready for the mini-tour legend who has never seen a party he didn’t like?

By Ryan French

After this story was published, Ryan ran into Brady on the golf course…


From Michael Bamberger

This essay about the National Open connects all the dots, from Francis Ouimet to Herb Wind, JFK to John Updike, Curtis Strange to Dom DiMaggio, Fenway to Arnie. Enjoy this little journey leading up to the 122nd U.S. Open at The Country Club.

Thoughts on Rory’s ascendance, Monahan’s next move, the Country Club’s charms and all the LIV drama (a Real Housewives?!)

By Alan Shipnuck

On the eve of the Open, Alan Shipnuck, Michael Bamberger and Ryan French offer a final Fire Drill preview, touching on Tiger’s absence, JT’s emergence, the glory of TCC and the feeling in the air of LIV vs. the Tour. Stay for the bonus scenes after the credits!

As his young daughter continues to fight a rare genetic disorder, and with another child on the way, Hayden Springer is jump-starting his career in South America

We check in with Hayden Springer who joined The Grind from a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Colombia. He discusses travel, his solid recent play and his daughter’s health condition.  


A few holes with a guy named Phil and a tee-time snafu highlighted the start of Luke Gannon’s U.S. Open week

By Ryan French

In this Fire Drill podcast, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Bamberger, Alan Shipnuck and Ryan French preview the U.S. Open by discussing the qualifiers, the favorites, the charming course and the unique mystique of the national championship. 

Phil Mickelson didn’t say much at his U.S. Open press conference, but his words revealed a lot

By Michael Bamberger

Fire Drill 022: Phil Faces The Music

U.S. Open week began with lingering business: Phil Mickelson facing the free press. In this Fire Drill podcast, Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger discuss Mickelson’s performance, his legacy, and where he goes from here. 


Fred Perpall, the next president of the USGA, took up golf only a decade ago, but the construction executive has a clear vision for sustaining and building the game

By Michael Bamberger

The Next USGA President, Fred Perpall

In this Fire Drill podcast, Michael Bamberger is joined by USGA president-elect Fred Perpall, who in 2023 will become the ruling body’s first Black president. They discuss Perpall’s unusual route to golf, how to diversify the game and the changing role of the USGA.

A Swing and a Prayer

So broke he almost skipped final qualifying, Luke Gannon played his way into the U.S. Open with a back nine to remember 

By Ryan French


The Pros You Might Not Know

More than 9,000 players teed it up for the chance to compete at The Country Club. Here are the pros many haven’t heard of but can still dream of hoisting the U.S. Open trophy

By Ryan French

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