BROOKLINE, Massachusetts. Every US Open needs a regular person, and this edition features Joel Dahmen, one of the most popular and endearing characters on the PGA Tour.
Damen scored a respectable 67 points at The Country Club for a share of an early lead, and unlike many in his shoes who would have given up an early lead, the 34-year-old enjoyed the achievement.
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“I had two putts from 30 feet. I don’t think anyone in the afternoon is probably going to shoot [3 under]Damen said. “That would be a hell of a score, but it would be a really cool footnote. Even if I end up 40th, who cares?”
Damen, who is playing his ninth major this week, explained that his brand of self-deprecating humor is how his father taught him to deal with success, but his confidence on the pitch is higher than many might think.
He also said he saw many similarly minded players competing in the biggest golf tournaments.
“It’s just an understanding of who I am and where I am. Rocco Mediate took Tiger to 91 holes [at the 2008 U.S. Open]; I think I can do it,” he smiled.