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    • The U.S. Open will be played June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's No. 2 course. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) The U.S. Open will be played June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's No. 2 course. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    The U.S. Open is the most democratic of golf's major championships. Approximately half the field is determined by sectional qualifying. The USGA conducts twelve qualifiers -- 10 in the United States, one in England and one in Japan. The international qualifiers were held Monday, May 26, while all 10 U.S. qualifiers are conducted June 2 throughout the country.

    Sectional qualifiers are all 36 holes over one day, testing players' skill and endurance. Here's a look at who advanced through each qualifier. (Note: x-advanced in playoff; (a)-amateur; A1-first alternate; A2-second alternate)

    LEADERBOARDS2014 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

    Brookside Golf & Country Club/Scioto Country Club
    Columbus, Ohio
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    Three players -- Justin Leonard, Seung-Yul Noh and Justin Thomas -- shared medalist honors. Noh won earlier this year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Leonard qualified for his 17th U.S. Open and his first since a T17 in 2010. Thomas, who will be making his U.S. Open debut, is seventh on the Web.com Tour money list.

    Paul Casey's good play continued at U.S. Open qualifying. Casey has finished in the top 20 in four of his past five starts.

    Bo Van Pelt qualified for his eighth U.S. Open. He has made the cut in six of seven U.S. Open starts, finishing a career-best T14 in 2011. Van Pelt has three consecutive top-30 finishes after a rough start to the season.

    Pat Perez, No. 46 in the FedExCup, and No. 25 Will MacKenzie were among the players who failed to qualify. So did Michael Kim, the low amateur (T17) at last year's U.S. Open. Kim is in the midst of his first season on the Web.com Tour. 

    T1 Justin Leonard 69 68 137
    T1 Seung-Yul Noh 68 69 137
    T1 Justin Thomas 67 70 137
    T4 Rod Pampling 73 65 138
    T4 Bo Van Pelt 71 67 138
    T4 Mark Wilson 69 69 138
    T4 Paul Casey 68 70 138
    T4 Luke Guthrie 68 70 138
    T9 Kevin Tway 72 67 139
    T9 Robert Allenby 70 69 139
    T9 Aaron Baddeley 70 69 139
    T9 Hyung Sung Kim 69 70 139
    T9 Brett Stegmaier 67 72 139
    T14 x-Ken Duke 69 71 140
    T14 x-Ryan Blaum 69 71 140
    T14 x-Erik Compton 69 71 140
      Notables who missed      
    T14 A1-Cameron Tringale 71 69 140
    T14 A2-Michael Putnam 67 73 140
    T19 K.J. Choi 72 69 141
    T19 Michael Kim 71 70 141
    T19 Pat Perez 70 71 141
    T27 Will MacKenzie 69 73 142

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    Colonial Country Club
    Memphis, Tenn.
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    Hudson Swafford earned medalist honors by a single shot. Swafford, a PGA TOUR rookie, will join former Georgia teammates Russell Henley and Harris English at Pinehurst No. 2. Swafford is playing his second U.S. Open and first since 2010 at Pebble Beach, where he missed the cut. English, Henley and Swafford led Georgia to a second-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championship.

    J.B. Holmes, winner of this year's Wells Fargo Championship, finished in second place after shooting consecutive 67s. Holmes is No. 30 in the FedExCup. He is making his first U.S. Open appearance since 2009. Holmes has made the cut in 12 of 14 starts this season.

    Two amateurs who play for Southeastern Conference schools -- Alabama's Robby Shelton and Vanderbilt's Hunter Stewart -- qualified for the U.S. Open. Shelton helped Alabama to the NCAA Championship while also winning the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's top freshman. 

    David Toms qualified for his 18th U.S. Open. He has three top-10s, including a T4 in 2012 at the Olympic Club. Jeff Maggert qualified for his 16th U.S. Open and first since 2005. Maggert has seven top-10s in the U.S. Open, including third-place finishes in 2002 and 2004. The 50-year-old won earlier this year on the Champions Tour.

    1 Hudson Swafford 69 64 133
    2 J.B. Holmes 67 67 134
    T3 Kevin Kisner 69 66 135
    T3 Joe Ogilvie 66 69 135
    T3 David Gossett 66 69 135
    T3 David Toms 66 69 135
    T3 Jeff Maggert 63 72 135
    T8 Cody Gribble 71 65 136
    T8 Robby Shelton (a) 70 66 136
    T8 Jason Millard 70 66 136
    T8 Casey Wittenberg 62 74 136
    T12 x-Brady Watt 70 67 137
    T12 x-Hunter Stewart (a) 68 69 137
      Notables who missed      
    T12 A1-Scott Langley 69 68 137
    T12 A2-Sam Love (a) 68 69 137
    T25 Tim Clark 72 67 139
    T25 Scottie Scheffler (a) 69 70 139
    T32 David Duval 68 72 140
    T32 Scott Stallings 68 72 140

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    Springfield Country Club
    Springfield, Ohio
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    Brian Stuard ran away with medalist honors at the Springfield, Ohio, qualifier, playing his 36 holes in 11 under. Stuard is already having a solid year on the PGA TOUR; he ranks No. 29 in the FedExCup race.

    Will Grimmer, a 17-year-old amateur, was next best at 5 under. Grimmer already has one incredible Pinehurst memory under his belt: He shot 59 at Pinehurst No. 1 during last year’s North and South Junior Amateur.

    Among the notables that missed were Billy Mayfair, who has played in 14 U.S. Opens, and Blayne Barber, a former Walker Cupper, who won the Web.com Tour’s South Georgia Classic in May.

    1 Brian Stuard 64 65 129
    2 Will Grimmer (a) 70 65 135
    3 Chris Thompson 66 70 136
      Notables who missed      
    4 A1 - Andrew Dorn 70 67 137
    T5 A2 - Daniel Stringfellow 69 69 138
    T10 Billy Mayfair 69 71 140
    T17 Blayne Barber 69 73 142

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    Quail Valley Golf Club
    Vero Beach, Fla.
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    Web.com Tour player Daniel Berger easily took medalist honors at the Vero Beach, Fla., Sectional. Berger, 21, who is No. 11 on the Web.com Tour money list, is in his first year as a pro. For some background on Berger, who grew up picking the range at the popular TOUR pro hangout, The Dye Preserve in Jupiter, Fla., check out this piece by Sean Martin.

    Former University of Florida player Andres Echavarria also made it through, while his younger brother Nicolas finished well outside the cutline after an opening-round 80. Seventeen-year-old amateur Sam Horsfield missed by a shot, while Curtis Thompson, the brother of TOUR player Nicholas Thompson and LPGA star Lexi Thompson, was also outside the cut line.

    Chase Koepka, whose brother Brooks qualified for special temporary membership on the PGA TOUR this year and played his way into the U.S. Open through the England sectional, also missed.

    1 Daniel Berger 66 68 134
    2 Nicholas Lindheim 66 71 137
    3 Andres Echavarria 70 71 141
    4 Aron Price 71 71 142
      Notables who missed      
    T5 A1 - Sam Horsfield (a) 74 69 143
    T5 A2 - Sebastian MacLean 74 69 143
    T7 Curtis Thompson (a) 76 68 144
    T14 Thomas Stankowski 74 72 146
    T21 Chase Koepka (a) 79 70 149

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    Lakeside Country Club
    Houston, Texas
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    Cory Whitsett, an amateur from Houston, won by five shots after posting consecutive 66s. Whitsett recently graduated from the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide won its second consecutive NCAA Championship last week. Whitsett is a former U.S. Junior Amateur champion.

    PGA TOUR player Bobby Gates qualified for his second U.S. Open. He finished T40 at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. 

    William Kropp, a former All-American at the University of Oklahoma, lost a playoff to Anthony Broussard for the final spot. Kropp is No. 4 on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit after winning earlier this year.

    1 Cory Whitsett (a) 66 66 132
    2 Bobby Gates 70 67 137
    T3 x-Anthony Broussard 71 68 139
      Notables who missed      
    T3 A1 - William Kropp 69 70 139
    5 A2 - Bronson Burgoon 67 73 140
    T18 Todd Hamilton 70 74 144
    T32 Scott Verplank 76 71 147

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    Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek)
    Roswell, Ga.
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    Web.com Tour player Henrik Norlander was two shots better than the field in Roswell, Ga. The former teammate of PGA TOUR player Patrick Reed won two national championships at Augusta State. Norlander played on the PGA TOUR last year and is on the Web.com Tour this year.

    Amateur Smylie Kaufman, who just graduated from LSU, got the only other spot at the qualifier.

    Oliver Schneiderjans, who just lost the NCAA Championship individual title in a playoff, was never close, opening with 83.

    1 Henrik Norlander 70 70 140
    2 Smylie Kaufman (a) 67 75 142
      Notables who missed      
    3 A1 - Trevor Cone (a) 72 71 143
    4 A2 - Michael Hebert 74 70 144
    T24 O. Schniederjans (a) 83 76 159

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    Woodmont Country Club
    Rockville, Md.
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    PGA TOUR player Chad Collins claimed the top spot in Rockville, Md., with matching 69s. Collins topped fellow TOUR player and former Naval officer Billy Hurley III by three shots, while Donald Constable and Mason Nicholas also advanced.

    TOUR player John Mallinger will be the first alternate, while Taylor Funk, the son of Fred Funk, was three shots back.

    Patrick Cantlay, who finished 21st as an amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open, withdrew after an opening 78.

    1 Chad Collins 69 69 138
    T2 Billy Hurley III 74 67 141
    T2 Donald Constable 72 69 141
    T2 Nicholas Mason 70 71 141
      Notables who missed      
    T5 A1 - John Mallinger 72 71 143
    T5 A2 - James Erkenbeck 71 72 143
    T7 Taylor Funk (a) 68 76 144
    WD Patrick Cantlay 78 WD  

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    Old Oaks Country Club/Century Country Club
    Purchase, N.Y.
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    Fran Quinn, a four-time Web.com Tour winner, shared medalist honors with Rob Oppenheim.

    Jim Renner, who is currently No. 123 on the FedExCup points list, finished third.

    One shot outside the cut line was Stanford’s Cameron Wilson, who just won the Division I individual NCAA championship. Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen finished two shots out of a playoff for the last advancing spot.

    Jon Curran, a 2014 Web.com Tour winner and the roommate of Keegan Bradley, was 6 over.

    T1 Fran Quinn 69 69 138
    T1 Rob Oppenheim 64 74 138
    3 Jim Renner 71 68 139
    4 Matthew Dobyns 70 71 141
      Notables who missed      
    T5 A1 - Cameron Wilson (a) 72 70 142
    T5 A2 - Jamie Lovemark 69 73 142
    T7 Lee Janzen 71 72 143
    T21 Jon Curran 74 73 147
    T31 Nathan Smith (a) 74 75 149

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    Lake Merced Golf Club/Olympic Club (Ocean)
    Daly City, Calif.
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    Alex Cejka, No. 3 on the Web.com Tour money list, won by three shots. Cejka won the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro earlier this season.

    Maverick McNealy, who recently completed his freshman season at Stanford, finished third. McNealy was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection and named to the Pac-12's all-freshman team.

    Kevin Sutherland, the 2002 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play, tied for fourth. Sutherland has played in nine U.S. Opens, making the cut six times. He finished 67th at last year's U.S. Open at Merion.

    University of Illinois junior Brian Campbell, the Big Ten player of the year, grabbed the final qualifying spot.

    1 Alex Cejka 67 65 132
    2 Steven Alker 70 65 135
    3 Maverick McNealy (a) 67 69 136
    T4 Kevin Sutherland 70 67 137
    T4 Brian Campbell (a) 67 70 137
      Notables who missed      
    6 A1-Craig Barlow 71 67 138
    T7 A2-Armando Favela 69 70 139

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    Emerald Valley Golf Club
    Creswell, Ore.
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    Zac Blair, who ranks 17th on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica order of merit, won medalist honors by four shots. Blair turned pro earlier this year after playing college golf at BYU. His father, Jimmy, is a former Utah Open champion. 

    Cheng-Tsung Pan failed to qualify for his third U.S. Open as an amateur. Pan missed the cut in 2011 at Congressional and finished 45th last year at Merion.

    Web.com Tour player Nick Taylor struggled to 76-78. Taylor was the low amateur (T-36) in 2009 after shooting a second-round 65, which matched the low U.S. Open round by an amateur.

    1 Zac Blair 69 68 137
    2 Clayton Rask 69 72 141
      Notables who missed      
    3 A1-Brandon McIver (a) 71 71 142
    4 A2-Paul Peterson 73 70 143
    T7 Sean Dale 71 74 145
    T13 Cheng-Tsung Pan (a) 77 71 148

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    MAY 26
    Nara International Golf Club
    Aichi Prefecture, Japan
    Recap

    1 Wen-Chong Liang 67 66 133
    T2 Kiyoshi Miyazato 66 68 134
    T2 Kyoung-Hoon Lee 67 67 134
    T2 Toru Taniguchi 68 66 134
    T5 x-Azuma Yano 69 67 136
    T5 x-David Oh 67 69 136
      Notables who missed      
    T5 Hideto Tanihara 68 68 136
    T13 Hiroyuki Fujita 68 71 139

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    Walton Heath Golf Club (Old and New)
    Surrey, England
    Recap

    1 Shane Lowry 69 67 136
    T2 Simon Griffiths 67 70 137
    T2 Niclas Fasth 67 70 137
    T2 Garth Mulroy 69 68 137
    T5 Chris Doak  68 71 139
    T5 Shiv Kapur 68 71 139
    T5 Maximilian Kieffer 68 71 139
    T5 Brooks Koekpa 72 67 139
    T5 Graeme Storm 68 71 139
    T5 Marcel Siem 73 66 139
    T11 x-Oliver Fisher 67 73 140
    T11 x-Andrea Pavan 71 69 140
    T11 x-Lucas Bjerregaard 69 71 140
    T11 x-Tom Lewis 71 69 140
      Notables who missed    
    T17 Matteo Manassero 72 69 141
    T25 George Coetzee 72 70 142
    T30 Edoardo Molinari 72 71 143
    T30 Robert Karlsson 74 69 143
    T51 Padraig Harrington 75 71 146
    T51 Jose Maria Olazabal 72 74 146

     

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