Brooklyn, Mass. ( Associated Press) — US Open opening leader Callum Terren got the start of his trip to Boston when he missed the cut in Canada last week. His clubs were not so lucky.
For the second time in two US Opens, Terrain’s golf bag didn’t make it to the plane with him.
“Luckily, there was someone in Canada who went to the airport and kicked the airport staff a little bit,” said Terren, who shot 3-under 67 to take an early lead at Brookline. “They arrived at 2:00 PM on a Sunday, it wasn’t bad.”
Terren was in the first group of the 10th tee at The Country Club and bogeyed his first hole. He was still from over 1 to 13 and birdies on the fifth and seventh holes put him in the red.
Then the 31-year-old Englishman, who missed the cut at Pebble Beach in 2019, bowled a 557-yard, par-5 eighth hole from nearly 350 yards and hit a 7-iron on the green. He sank a 4 1/2 foot putt for the eagle.
“My caddy kept saying, ‘Pars is good. Pars is good,’ and I made a lot of Pars,” he said. “But to finish like this is to top the round off.”
After the morning round, Terrain was tied for the lead with 2011 champion Rory McIlroy. David Lingmarth was also at 3 under.
“I’m pinching myself, because I didn’t know it was at the top of the leaderboard until I pulled the final putt on the ninth hole,” said Tarren, who finished second in 36- . Hole qualifiers at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club outside Toronto. “Just excited with my debut, and let’s see what happens over the next few days.”
Tarren failed to make it to the weekend in eight consecutive PGA Tour events to start the season before finishing 30th at the Honda Classic and then fifth at the Puerto Rico Open. He cashed four consecutive checks before missing the cut at last week’s RBC Open and traveling to Boston on Saturday.
“I was at the airport four hours ago because people warned me it was going to be a nightmare in Toronto,” Terren said. “I go that one; no clubs. There were five more players on my flight. They’ve all got golf clubs.”
So Tarren reached out to the members of St. George’s with whom he had stayed in Toronto, and one of them – Tamara – went to the airport to check on his condition.
“He took them along,” he said. “This time I did him a little faster than last time. I didn’t actually meet him until Wednesday at Pebble Beach a few years ago. So that was a nightmare.”
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