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Happy to make the cut? Motivated James Piot opens U.S. Open in red numbers

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BROOKLINE, Massachusetts. James Piot was resting the Wednesday night ahead of his US Open debut when a friend sent him a link to an ESPN.com article ranking the entire field at The Country Club.

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Piot got into the fourth tier of players: Glad to make the cut. They are not expected to be among the contenders unless something wild happens.

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“It’s true,” said Piot, who missed his first five PGA Tour cuts before finishing 25th out of 48 at the opening of LIV Golf in London last week, “but it’s also motivating at the same time. I’m an honest guy and the numbers don’t lie, so I need to put good grades on the board before I can judge anything written about me.”


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Piot also laughed at the accompanying photo, which showed him sprawled out on the red carpet with a big smile. But after Thursday, perhaps Piot will have the last laugh at this US Open.

The reigning U.S. Amateur Champion opened his under-69 championship, resulting in a tie between both John Rahm and Colleen Morikawa, just two shots behind the leader. This was his first “good” result in a world-class professional tournament, as he had shot above par in each of his previous 10 rounds at the Tour.

“I’ve had a slump for quite some time,” Piot said, “so coming here and doing it at the US Open is pretty damn cool.”

Piot, who has received some criticism for signing with a Saudi-backed rival league, has largely shrugged off the criticism. However, he couldn’t help but click a headline that read “Who Can and Can’t Win the 2022 US Open.”

He was a significant underdog in Thursday’s three with Ram and Morikawa, but only missed four greens, hitting three birdies and pushing the group.

“Collin didn’t seem to have his best qualities and he was still drawing me that day and it felt like I didn’t miss a single shot of golf except for my club,” Piot joked. “It’s amazing to watch these guys.”

And, according to at least one article, it would be great to see Piot not only play on the weekends, but also compete.

“Of course it would be cool to be on the list,” Piot said, “but at the same time, that’s not what I want to be known for.”



Source: www.golfchannel.com

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