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U.S. Open 2022: Early co-leader Joel Dahmen pledges not to drink "100 beers" at concert on Thursday night

June 16, 2022

Joel Dahmen had a heck of an opening round at The Country Club on Thursday. After nearly skipping a U.S. Open qualifier earlier this summer to rest ahead of the John Deere Classic, everybody’s favorite bucket hacket advocate found himself atop of the leaderboard for much of the day, tied at three under with the likes of Rory McIlroy and others.

But while most players in contention hightailed it back to their hotels for a little R&R (room service and Roku), Dahmen—who has been refreshingly honest about prioritizing work-life balance over PGA Tour titles—had different plans:

A concert, specifically.

When asked about his evening strategy by reporters after his round on Thursday, Dahmen said that he had plans to go see singer-songwriter Ben Rector at the Leader Bank Pavilion … with one catch.

“It will be tough to go to this one and not have 100 beers like we typically do at concerts,” he said.

Amen Dahmen. It ain’t exactly Metallica, but nothing works up a thirst quite like an outdoor concert on a long summer night. But here’s hoping that he kept it to (by his count) forty or fifty pops, because we’d love nothing more than to see the Dahminator in the mix come Sunday.