Hadley on major bubble once again
May 13, 2014
- Chesson Hadley is No. 61 in this week's Official World Golf Ranking. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The first week of local qualifying for the U.S. Open is completed, with another full week of qualifying sites around the country. Among those who advanced to sectional qualifying are young and old -- Taylor Funk, the 18-year-old son of Fred Funk, made it in Orlando with a 68; Jeff Brehaut, the 50-year-old California who didn't make it to his first U.S. Open until Oakmont in 2007, qualified in California.
Also getting through were PGA Tour winners Frank Lickliter, Eric Axley and Marc Turnesa.
Casey Martin shot 71 at Royal Oaks in Vancouver, Washington, making him the second alternate out of that qualifier.
Meanwhile, the next two weeks in Texas will go a long way toward determining who gets to avoid the 36-hole sectional qualifier on June 2. The U.S. Open will exempt everyone in the top 60 in the world ranking on May 26 (after the Colonial) and again on June 2 (after the Memorial).
Among those on the bubble is a familiar face: Chesson Hadley.
The PGA TOUR rookie, who won the Puerto Rico Open, was on the cusp of getting into the top 50 for the Masters until closing with a 79 at Bay Hill and an 80 at the Texas Open. He goes into the Texas swing at No. 61 in the world, one spot behind Matteo Manassero, who defends his title next week at Wentworth.
Hadley is not playing the Byron Nelson Championship. The U.S. Open is something of a home game for Hadley. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, about 70 miles from Pinehurst.
A few PGA TOUR winners this year also are in the mix. Phoenix Open winner Kevin Stadler is at No. 55, while Torrey Pines winner Scott Stallings is at No. 66. J.B. Holmes was No. 242 until he won at Wells Fargo. Now he is up to No. 69. None is playing the Byron Nelson.