US Open co-leader Joel Dahmen nearly skipped his qualifying tournament originally appeared on NBC SportsBoston
BROOKLINE, Mass. — Joel Dahmen almost decided to skip his final qualifying match at the 2022 US Open earlier this month in Ohio.
He ended up going, playing well and earning himself a spot in this week’s tournament at Brookline Country Club. After 36 holes, Dahmen is co-leading with Collin Morikawa at 5 under par.
It’s safe to say that Dahmen is very happy with his decision to try his luck in qualifying.
“I’m incredibly happy now, for sure,” Dahmen admitted Friday night after shooting 2-under in the second round. “Yeah, I mean, sometimes you kinda take what you have here for granted. I think this is my eighth or ninth major championship, and you think not too long ago I would have did a lot of things to play in one, and say I have a fair opportunity to skip one, looking back, even this whole week, you don’t really appreciate.
“I’ve played 130 weird events. I’ve been here six years. It’s easy to fall asleep and think, you come home for two weeks and hang around and it’s all good, but when you get here , everything changes as soon as you enter the property. It’s a USGA event. It’s huge. People everywhere. So yeah, it changes your mind pretty quickly.
What happened before the final qualification?
“There was a lot of talk before, yeah, the week before. I told my wife I wasn’t going to do it,” Dahmen explained. “Then I was tired at Memorial and said I wasn’t going to do it. I was never really going to do it until I played – kind of played better at Memorial and the game was the.
“My trainer Rob Rashell came out and things started to go in the right direction. And then (my caddy Geno Bonnalie) I felt bad because he didn’t change flights when he could have gone home on Sunday night, so at that point I had to hold on.”
Dahmen has earned one PGA Tour victory in his career – the Corales Puntacana Championship in 2021. In his previous eight major league appearances, he has missed the cut four times. His best result in a major tournament is T-10th at the 2020 PGA Championship.
If Dahmen can keep golfing through Saturday, the crowds could be on his side Sunday afternoon. Who doesn’t love an underdog story?
“It’s amazing to me how many people know my name or are screaming for me there,” Dahmen said. “It’s weird. I get a little more recognition off the golf course, which is to say my wife is going to look at me, like, what’s going on?
“It’s not normal. I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to it, but it comes with good golf.”
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