By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Canadian Tour veteran Jeff Rangel posted six birdies and an eagle for a 64 to earn medalist honors in the Reno-Tahoe Open’s Monday qualifier at Hidden Valley Country Club.
Patrick Cantlay and Jake Sarnoff each carded rounds of 66 to play their way into this week’s PGA TOUR stop at Montreux Golf and Country Club.
But the real drama unfolded in the five-man playoff for the final spot. On the third playoff hole, local resident John Riegger, a 49-year-old experienced tour veteran, birdied the par-3 third hole to punch the final ticket into the field.
Riegger beat out Jeff Quinney, Peter Lansburgh, Brett Okimura, and Luke Hickmott. All five golfers birdied the first playoff hole and made par on the second.
Rangel, 27, competed in last year’s Reno-Tahoe Open – his only other career PGA TOUR start. The Californian has spent the last few years playing the Canadian Tour, but also won the 2011 Northern California Open in his home state.
The 20-year-old Cantlay, who turned professional earlier this year, has made 10 of 12 cuts on the PGA TOUR. While still an amateur in 2011, Cantlay shot the lowest amateur round in PGA TOUR history with a 60 at the Travelers Championship. He also posted his first career top 10 on the PGA TOUR with a T9 at the RBC Canadian Open last summer, was low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open and made cuts at this year’s Masters and U.S. Open.
Sarnoff, a 22-year-old native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., just completed his senior season at Loyola Marymount University,
Riegger, who turned pro in 1985, is coming back from knee surgery and playing on a major medical exemption. The former Lamar University golfer has played his best golf after the age of 40 with Web.com Tour victories at the 2007 LaSalle Bank Open and the 2010 The Rex Hospital Open. His best PGA TOUR showing was a T5 finish at the 2006 John Deere Classic.
Sixty-six players participated in Monday’s qualifier at Hidden Valley.