The U.S. Open is set to return to The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts next week, one of the founding clubs of the USGA and a classic venue that promises to test the game’s best players to the limit.
After a chilly, wet spring in New England, summer is arriving and the rough and fescue that line the 7,263-yard course are coming in thick and lush. Players will need a combination of distance and accuracy off the tee as they take on challenges ranging from the downhill 11th hole that plays to only about 135 yards to the 614-yard par-5 14th.
The PGA Tour has a statistic that combines effectiveness off the tee and from the fairway called strokes gained tee to green. As you might suspect, players who excel both with their woods and their irons tend to put themselves in a position to win often. If any of the 10 golfers listed below who lead the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee to green (along with the woods and irons they play) has a hot putting week, he might leave the Boston area as the 2022 U.S. Open champion.