No fewer than nine golfers with Vegas ties are scheduled to play in the 2022 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., including new LIV Tour player Kevin Na and former Rebel golfers Taylor Montgomery, Harry Hall, Kurt Kitayama and Adam Scott.
The other Vegas residents in the field are Wyndham Clark, Joseph Bramlett, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. Updated: Seamus Power is also in the field.
Several of the golfers with Vegas ties are hot streaks including Hall and Montgomery. Hall recently won on the Korn Ferry Tour and Montgomery has come close and also qualified for the 2021 U.S. Open.
Montgomery enters the week with eight top 15s in 12 starts on the Korn Ferry circuit this season including five straight. Montgomery is also 2-for-3 in his career on the PGA TOUR including a T11 at this year’s Farmers Insurance Open.
Na, a Southern Highlands member, has made waves by signing with LIV Golf and resigning from the PGA Tour.
Na said in a statement that he wanted the “freedom to play wherever I want and exercising my right as a free agent gives me that opportunity. However, to remain a PGA Tour player, I must give up my right to make these choices about my career,” Na wrote. “If I exercise my right to choose where and when I play golf, then I cannot remain a PGA Tour player without facing disciplinary proceedings and legal action from the PGA Tour. I am sad to share that I have chosen to resign from the PGA Tour. This has not been an easy decision and not one taken lightly. I hope the current policies change and I’ll be able to play on the PGA Tour again.”
Schauffle leads the Vegas pros in the odds department at 20/1 while Morikawa is 25/1.
Photo: Harry Hall at UNLV in 2020.