Wisconsin, here we come
A closer look at the results from U.S. Open qualifying
June 06, 2017
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
U.S. Open qualifying took place Monday at 10 sites across the United States. The competitors, ranging from major champions to club champions, played 36 holes in a single day for the right to compete next week at Erin Hills.
Approximately half of the U.S. Open field will be filled by players who advanced out of qualifying. A player's resume doesn't matter. Only his score does. That what makes Monday's play so unique.
Here are the results from each of those 10 sites:
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Keegan Bradley found himself in uncharted territory on Monday. His five-year exemption to the U.S. Open, by way of a 2011 PGA Championship win, had expired, requiring a return to U.S. Open qualifying.
It may have taken a little extra work, but Bradley is U.S. Open-bound for the sixth consecutive year. His 10-under total (65-67) sends Bradley, who ranks 52nd in the FedExCup, through to Erin Hills.
J.T. Poston earned medalist honors with a 12-under 134. It’ll be his first opportunity in a major. The PGA TOUR rookie ranks 99th in the FedExCup.
After playing through the weekend at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, Bud Cauley and Jamie Lovemark stayed in the area for one more day. Paired together, it was smooth sailing for both. Cauley paced the morning wave with a 63 and Lovemark was right behind him with a 64. They coasted through the afternoon with a pair of 70s, finishing T2 and T4.
“I knew that I was semi-comfortable, but you never know what’s going to happen,” Cauley, who ranks 46th in the FedExCup, said of his second-round mindset. “After playing this week and having to play a second 18 this afternoon, I was just trying to keep my wits about me.”
Bryson DeChambeau loves Ohio qualifiers. In 2015, the journey to his U.S. Amateur title ran through Columbus as he advanced in the sectional with a 66-67 (an amateur who qualifies for the U.S. Open also earns an exemption into the U.S. Amateur).
Last year, at nearby Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, he finished T2 at 9 under. On Monday, he fired 9 under again to move on for a third straight year.
“I just love the golf courses here,” said DeChambeau, who's 136th in the FedExCup. “They’re kind of, hit it straight and hit it close with your wedges, and knock a couple putts. That’s what I did today.”
DeChambeau will be one of the few players at the U.S. Open with experience playing Erin Hills. He advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship.
In a Tuesday morning playoff involving four players, Peter Uihlein, Talor Gooch and amateur Scottie Scheffler earned spots, with Michael Putnam the odd man out.
-- Sam Davis
1. J.T. Poston 66-66 (-12)
T2. Jason Kokrak, 69-64 (-11)
T2. Bud Cauley, 63-70 (-11)
T4. Martin Laird, 67-67 (-10)
T4. Keegan Bradley 65-69 (-10)
T4. Stewart Cink 68-66 (-10)
T4. Jamie Lovemark 64-70 (-10)
T8. Bryson DeChambeau 69-66 (-9)
T8. Cheng-Tsung Pan 65-70 (-9)
T8. David Lingmerth 66-69 (-9)
T8. Ted Potter Jr. 65-70 (-9)
T12. Peter Uihlein 68-68 (-8)
T12. a-Scottie Scheffler 66-70 (-8)
T12. Talor Gooch 67-69 (-8)
1st alt: Michael Putnam 70-66 (-8)
2nd alt: Johnson Wagner 64-73 (-7)
MC. Luke Donald 71-68 (-5)
MC. Morgan Hoffmann 69-70 (-5)
MC. Nick Watney 67-74 (-3)
MC. Patrick Cantlay 66-75 (-3)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Steve Stricker, 50, was the feel-good story of the day as he shot 67-65 and was the medalist at the Memphis sectional to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
He was one of nine players who will qualify out of Memphis, where the PGA TOUR stops later this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
“It’s a relief to have it behind me,” said Stricker, who's 120th in the FedExCup. (Click here for more on Stricker's successful qualifying bid for the U.S. Open in his home state.)
In the playoff involving five players, Xander Schauffele and Jonathan Randolph advanced on Tuesday morning.
Five players finished at 9 under to also qualify, a group that included Troy Merritt (147th in the FedExCup), who will make his U.S. Open debut, plus Harris English (117), Andres Romero (194), Chez Reavie (85) and Garrett Osborn (NR).
“I played my first PGA Championship at Whistling Straits,” said Merritt, “and I’ll play my first U.S. Open at Erin Hills. There must be something about Wisconsin. Now I just need there to be a British Open there.”
Trey Mullinax was the sole finisher at 8 under and also qualified for Erin Hills. The PGA TOUR rookie is 151st in the FedExCup.
Thunderstorms halted play as the late afternoon gave way to evening. “I heard the thunder as I was putting on 18,” said Reavie. “I was just hoping we’d get it in.”
Argentina’s Romero has played just three times this season, with his last start coming at the Puerto Rico Open (missed cut) in late March.
He found out between the two rounds of Monday’s sectional that he has gotten into the field for the FedEx St. Jude later this week, then secured his spot in the field for Erin Hills with a 66 in the afternoon.
Next week will mark the third U.S. Open for English.
-- Cameron Morfit
1. Steve Stricker, 67-65 (-10)
T2. Andres Romero, 67-66 (-9)
T2. Troy Merritt, 67-66 (-9)
T2. Chez Reavie, 67-66 (-9)
T2. Harris English, 65-68 (-9)
T2. Garrett Osborn, 65-68 (-9)
7. Trey Mullinax, 68-66 (-8)
T8. Xander Schauffele 64-71 (-7)
T8. Jonathan Randolph 68-67 (-7)
1st alt: Meen Whee Kim 68-67 (-7)
2nd alt: Scott Brown 66-69 (-7)
MC. Retief Goosen, 68-69 (-5)
MC. a-Sam Burns, 70-69 (-3)
MC. a-Braden Thornberry, 71-69 (-2)
BALL GROUND, Ga. – Davis Love IV’s first U.S. Open sectional qualifier ended in dramatic fashion, with a chip-in for eagle. But it also ended with the sting that comes from a near-miss.
Love IV, the son of 21-time PGA TOUR winner Davis Love III, came up one shot short of a spot in the field next week at Erin Hills. He is the first alternate, and now must wait for a phone call to see if he’ll receive a spot in the field.
Love IV’s total of 6-under 138 at Hawks Ridge left him one shot behind co-medalists Stephan Jaeger and Alex Smalley.
“Hard not to be a little disappointed,” Love IV said. “But it’s my first time trying to qualify for the U.S. Open, and I learned a lot more today than I would have going and doing a Monday qualifier somewhere else.
Love IV doesn’t want to get too optimistic about his odds to make the field, but he plans to head to Erin Hills next week, just in case. (His father failed to advance out of the qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.)
Jaeger, who stands ninth on the Web.com Tour money list, will play his second U.S. Open after previously qualifying in 2015 for Chambers Bay, where he missed the cut.
With his girlfriend on the bag for the first time, Jaeger rattled off three straight birdies (holes 13-15) on his final nine to emerge from a jumbled leaderboard.
Smalley, a rising junior at Duke, made a similar run with birdies on holes 11-13 on his closing nine, to secure a spot in his first major championship. He was the medalist at last year’s U.S. Open.
The North Carolinian, who competed Monday with his dad as caddie, looks forward to the challenge at Erin Hills.
“Getting on the range with all those guys … it hasn’t hit me yet, but I’m sure it will in the coming days,” Smalley said.
-- Kevin Prise
T1. Stephan Jaeger, 67-70 (-7)
T1. a-Alex Smalley, 68-69 (-7)
1st. alt.: a-Davis Love IV, 67-71 (-6)
2nd. alt.: J.T. Griffin, 66-72 (-6)
MC. a-Jimmy Stanger, 68-71 (-5)
MC. Nicholas Reach, 71-68 (-5)
MC. a-Viktor Hovland, 67-75 (-2)
DALLAS -- Walker Lee grew up in Houston watching the U.S. Open on television, dreaming of the day he might get the chance to walk the fairways with his idols.
He'll get the opportunity to make his dream a reality next week at Erin Hills. The 19-year-old shot 65-67 to earn one of three automatic spots that were up for grabs on Monday in Dallas.
"I'm just in disbelief," Lee said. "It really hasn't sunk in that I'll be playing the U.S. Open next week. This is by far the biggest accomplishment of my golf career."
Lee will attend Texas A&M on a golf scholarship this fall after committing to the school when he was in eight grade.
Roman Robledo, a member of the Adams Pro Tour, posted a bogey-free 63 during the first round and followed it up with 66 to take medalist honors at Lakewood Country Club.
Robledo finished his two rounds at 13 under, two strokes better than his closest pursuer, former U.S. Amateur champion Nick Flanagan.
Flanagan, who currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, provided the most memorable finish of the afternoon, closing with three consecutive birdies to go from on the cusp of qualifying to finishing in second.
Flanagan caddied for Aron Price, a fellow Aussie, during the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont. He'll enjoy a role reversal this year at Erin Hills.
-- Jonathan Wall
1. Roman Robledo, 63-66 (-13)
2. Nick Flanagan, 68-63 (-11)
3. a-Walker Lee, 65-67 (-10)
1st alt.: Ryan Palmer, 67-68 (-7)
MC. John Merrick, 70-67 (-5)
MC. a-Cole Hammer, 70-68 (-4)
MC. a-William Zalatoris, 70-70 (-2)
MC. Hunter Mahan, 69-71 (-2)
Two-time PGA TOUR winner Daniel Chopra shot 11-under 131 to earn medalist honors by three shots and qualify for his first major in five years.
The U.S. Open will be the first PGA TOUR start of the season for Chopra. The 43-year-old ranks 57th on the Web.com Tour money list thanks to two top-10 finishes in eight starts this season.
Christopher Crawford, an amateur from Bensalem, Pennsylvania, shot 8 under par to qualify for his second consecutive U.S. Open. Crawford holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole of last year’s qualifier at Canoe Brook to earn a spot in the 2016 U.S. Open (MC). The former Drexel University standout didn’t need such dramatics this time.
He tied for second with Web.com Tour player Andy Pope and Scott Harvey, who won the 2014 U.S. Mid Amateur and was runner-up in last year’s event. Pope, 33, will be playing his third consecutive U.S. Open. He finished 70th at Chambers Bay and missed the cut last year.
Matthew Campbell grabbed the final spot in a playoff with Roberto Diaz, who ranks eighth on the Web.com Tour money list.
1. Daniel Chopra, 66-65 (-11)
T2. a-Christopher Crawford, 66-68 (-8)
T2. Andy Pope, 68-66 (-8)
T2. a-Scott Harvey, 63-71 (-8)
5. Matthew Campbell, 65-70 (-7)
1st. alt.: Roberto Diaz, 65-70 (-7)
2nd. alt: Cameron Wilson, 71-65 (-6)
MC. Richy Werenski, 69-72 (-1)
MC. a-Nathan Smith, 73-72 (+3)
Web.com Tour player Jack Maguire qualified for his second U.S. Open after winning the qualifier in Florida.
Maguire, a former Florida State standout, finished T58 at Chambers Bay in 2015 while still an amateur. The 22-year-old is 50th on the Web.com Tour money list.
Joaquin Niemann, the world's top-ranked amateur, and Tyson Alexander earned the other two spots in a 3-for-2 playoff. Eugene Hong, one of the nation's top junior players, was the odd man out. (Click here for video of Niemann from his victory at the recent Sergio Garcia Foundation Junior Championship.)
Alexander will play in his second U.S. Open. He also qualified for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. His grandfather, Skip, and father, Buddy, also played in the U.S. Open. Skip was a three-time TOUR winner, while Buddy won the 1986 U.S. Amateur.
1. Jack Maguire, 72-65 (-3)
T2. a-Joaquin Niemann, 71-68 (-1)
T2. Tyson Alexander, 72-67 (-1)
1st alt.: a-Eugene Hong, 69-70 (-1)
2nd alt.: Tim Wilkinson, 67-74 (+1)
Sam Ryder rode a first-round 62 to medalist honors at the qualifier in Maryland.
All three graduates from Woodmont Country Club are competing on the Web.com Tour in 2017.
Ryder, 27, ranks 20th on this season's money list. Kyle Thompson, who finished second to Ryder on Monday, is seventh on the money list after a win at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.
Kohles, who in 2012 won his first two Web.com Tour starts as a pro, ranks 73rd on this season's money list.
Ryder and Kohles will be making their U.S. Open debut, while Thompson is playing his first U.S. Open since 2012 (MC).
1. Sam Ryder, 62-71 (-11)
2. Kyle Thompson, 68-69 (-7)
3. Ben Kohles, 70-68 (-6)
1st. alt.: T.J. Howe 71-69 (-4)
2nd. alt. Lanto Griffin 73-67 (-4)
MC. Billy Hurley III, 73-71 (E)
MC. Jason Gore, 69-76 (+1)
Web.com Tour player Corey Conners used an opening 61 to cruise to his first U.S. Open bid. Conners, the 2014 U.S. Amateur runner-up, is 32nd on this year's Web.com Tour money list.
He finished three shots ahead of Brian Stuard, the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans champion. He ranks 109th in this season's FedExCup.
PGA TOUR rookie Ryan Brehm shot a second-round 63 to qualify for his first major championship. Brehm is 160th in the FedExCup.
1. Corey Conners, 61-67 (-12)
2. Brian Stuard, 66-65 (-9)
3. Brice Garnett, 66-66 (-8)
4. Ryan Brehm, 70-63 (-7)
1st alt.: Tyler Light, 66-68 (-6)
2nd alt.: a-Doug Ghim, 69-65 (-6)
MC. Zac Blair, 69-66 (-5)
MC. Tony Finau, 68-69 (-3)
MC. a-Dylan Meyer, 69-69 (-2)
MC. James Hahn, 74-69 (+3)
Five of six qualifying spots in California went to amateurs, led by John Oda of UNLV. Oda was a first-team All-American this season and is coming off a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championship. Earlier this year, he Monday qualified for the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Stewart Hagestad, the reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and low amateur at the Masters (T36), earned another major start. Mason Andersen, an incoming freshman at Arizona State, also earned a tee time at Erin Hills.
Pepperdine's Sahith Theegala made the cut earlier this year at the Genesis Open at Riviera after winning the Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase. Theegala finished 49th in the PGA TOUR event after shooting 67 in the first round.
Kevin Dougherty was the lone pro to earn a spot in the U.S. Open out of the California qualifier.
1. a-John Oda, 64-68 (-11)
2. a-Mason Andersen, 64-70 (-9)
3. a-Stewart Hagestad, 67-68 (-8)
T4. Kevin Dougherty, 64-72 (-7)
T4. a-Sahith Theegala, 71-65 (-7)
6. a-Cameron Champ, 63-74 (-6)
1st alt.: a-Brandon Wu, 66-71 (-6)
2nd alt.: Gregor Main, 69-69 (-5)
MC. Charlie Beljan, 75-65 (-3)
MC. Duffy Waldorf, 71-71 (-1)
MC. a-Collin Morikawa, 76-67 (E)
Steve Stricker won't be the only Wisconsin native to play at Erin Hills.
Jordan Niebrugge, a native of Mequon, Wisconsin, qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday. Niebrugge, who finished T6 at the 2015 Open Championship while still an amateur, is coming off a T2 finish Sunday on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada.
Niebrugge, 23, will be playing his fourth major championship and first U.S. Open. He also played the 2014 Masters (MC) after winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links and the 2016 Open Championship (MC).
1. Derek Barron, 66-69 (-7)
T2. Jordan Niebrugge, 73-67 (-2)
T2. Max Greyserman, 72-68 (-2)
4. Daniel Miernicki, 73-68 (-1)
1st alt.: Jeff Rein, 70-71 (-1)
2nd alt.: Hugo Leon, 69-72 (-1)
MC. Robbie Shelton, 69-76 (+3)
MC. Aaron Wise, 73-73 (+4)
MC. Lee McCoy, 71-78 (+7)
MC. Tadd Fujikawa, 77-78 (+13)
Popular PGA TOUR rookie Andrew Johnston qualified for the U.S. Open in exciting fashion, making three eagles during his two rounds at Walton Heath Golf Club. He made a hole-in-one during his morning round on the New Course, then had two eagles in the afternoon. Johnston is 188th in the FedExCup.
Haotong Li, a former winner on PGA TOUR China and winner of the 2016 China Open, finished second, one shot behind Aaron Rai.
1. Aaron Rai, 66-64 (-14)
2. Haotong Li, 67-64 (-13)
T3. Alexander Levy, 63-69 (-12)
T3. Richie Ramsay, 66-66 (-12)
T5. Oliver Bekker, 67-66 (-11)
T5. Joel Stalter, 68-65 (-11)
T5. Bradley Dredge, 62-71 (-11)
T5. Eddie Pepperell, 67-66 (-11)
T9. Brandon Stone, 68-66 (-10)
T9. George Coetzee, 64-70 (-10)
T9. Andrew Johnston, 68-66 (-10)
T12. Paul Dunne, 67-68 (-9)
T12. Matt Wallace, 67-68 (-9)
T12. Thomas Aiken, 68-67 (-9)
T12. Wade Ormsby, 66-69 (-9)
1st alt.: Gregory Bourdy, 71-64 (-9)
2nd alt.: Callum Shinkwin, 65-70 (-9)
MC. Nicolas Colsaerts, 69-67 (-8)
MC. Mikko Ilonen, 71-65 (-8)
MC. Padraig Harrington, 77-68 (+1)
Four-time Japan Tour winner Satoshi Kodaira posted a four-shot victory at the U.S. Open qualifier in Japan. Kodaira, 27, will be making his U.S. Open debut.
The other three berths to Erin Hills were decided in a 6-for-3 playoff that lasted eight holes. Yusaku Miyazato, the older brother of nine-time LPGA winner Ai Miyazato, ended the playoff by making an 18-foot birdie putt for the final spot. Yusaku, who finished 23rd in last year's U.S. Open at Oakmont, has won twice on the Japan Tour this year.
Chan Kim earned a spot in The Open Championship six days after qualifying for the U.S. Open. He won the Gateway to the Open - Mizuno Open on May 28 to qualify for The Open Championship. It was the first Japan Tour win for the 27-year-old Arizona State alumnus.
Among those who failed to qualify were Trevor Sluman, the nephew of 1988 PGA Championship winner Jeff Sluman, and PGA TOUR member Hiroshi Iwata.
1. Satoshi Kodaira, 64-69 (-11)
T2. Yusaku Miyazato, 66-71 (-7)
T2. Chan Kim, 69-68 (-7)
T2. Shugo Imahira, 68-69 (-7)
1st alt.: Sungjae Im, 68-69 (-7)
2nd alt.: Shintaro Kobayashi, 70-67 (-7)
MC. Hiroshi Iwata, 68-70--138 (-6)
MC. Trevor Sluman, 71-76--147 (+5)
MC. Anthony Paolucci, 74-78--152 (+8)