Let the record show that, at 6:45 a.m., one of those "Who’s got it better than us???" days in Boston sports officially began when the first tee shot of the 2022 U.S. Open was launched off the 10th tee.
Actually, it was a day that we’ll all always remember. We’re kinda used to the gaze of the sports world falling on Boston. But there haven’t been many days when so much was at stake for so many for so long.
From the moment Frannie piped it on 10 until midnight when the Celtics game wraps, the Athens of America will have been the sports hub of the universe.
Owen, a Lehigh University graduate just starting his own journey in pro golf, was pinching still pinching himself an hour after the round ended.
“First tee shot at the U.S. Open? At 57 years old? Definitely unbelievable. And I’m going to remember it for the rest of my life. It’ll be even more memorable if he can shoot a couple under tomorrow and then play on the weekend.”
Quinn parred 10 and birdied 11 to seize the very, very, very early lead, but his putter never warmed up from close in. He wound up with a 76, six-over par, and may need around 68 on Friday to hang around.
Irritated as he was with the 76, he may have been more bummed about the 9 o’clock tip in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the TD Garden.
A couple feet behind Quinn, defending champion Jon Rahm’s courtesy Lexus was parked in the first spot. Nearby were the rides of Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.
Adam Scott wandered by with his caddy. The surprisingly pocket-sized Rory McIlroy ambled through after his 3-under round put him near the top of the leaderboard.