U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying: Live Updates
Tuesday, June 7, 2:50 p.m.: Sectional qualifying for 2016 officially in the books. Zach Edmondson grabs first alternate and Joey Garber is second alternate out of the Jacksonville, Fla., site. Field now at 150 players. Six spots being held for those not in the field who are among the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of June 13.
Tuesday, June 7, 2:15 p.m.: Matthew Borchert and Sam Horsfield birdie the first playoff hole to earn U.S. Open berths. Zach Edmondson, Willie Mack III and Joey Garber play on for two alternate spots.
Tuesday, June 7, 2 p.m.: Aron Price, of Australia, is medalist in Jacksonville, Fla., with 9-under total of 135, two shots ahead of New Zealand;s Tim Wilkinson. We have a 5-man playoff for the final two berths and two alternate spots with golfers who came in at 6-under 138. Playoff started on No. 18 at Timuquana C.C. between the University of Florida's Sam Horsfield, the Phil Mickelson Award winner for being the nation's top freshman golfer and a 2015 U.S. Open qualifier, Willie Mack III, Zachary Edmondson, Joey Garber and Matt Borchert.
Tuesday, June 7, 12:00 p.m. EDT: Australia's Aron Price is making a big push to be included in the field at Oakmont. The 34-year-old, who competed in the U.S. Open in 2014 at Pinehurst No. 2, is making the most of the extra day of qualifying, and has gone out in 31 on the back nine of Timuquana Country Club. He's currently at the top of the leader board along with Joey Garber, both of whom are now 8-under with nine holes to play. Patrick Sheehan, Tim Wilkinson, and amateur Cristobal Del Solar are tied for the fourth and last spot at 5-under. Amateur Sam Horsfield, who was in the field in 2015 at Chambers Bay and just completed his freshman season with the University of Florida, is in the clubhouse at 6-under 138, currently sitting in third place. Things could change a lot over the course of the next couple of hours here.
Tuesday, June 7, 10:10 a.m. EDT: Play has resumed at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., with four U.S. Open spots on the line. 47 players have returned to complete their second round on Tuesday morning; no 36-hole scores were posted on Monday before thunderstorms brought a halt to play. Nearly half of the field starts Tuesday within three strokes of fourth place, so this promises to be an exciting conclusion. Live scoring can be found here.
Tuesday, June 7, 8:40 a.m. EDT: That's a wrap from Powell, Ohio. Daniel Summerhays makes a bogey on the second playoff hole, missing a five-foot par attempt, sending Scottie Scheffler, Luke Donald, Jason Allred, Richard Schembechler II (pictured below) and Patrick Rodgers to Oakmont. Summerhays will be the first alternate out of the Powell site. Next week will mark Donald's 13th U.S. Open appearance and Allred's third. Rodgers, Schembechler and Scheffler will be making their debuts in the championship. Powell Results I Powell Photos
Tuesday, June 7, 8:20 a.m. EDT: Terrific approach shots by Patrick Rodgers and Jason Allred on their second playoff hole, the par-4 2nd hole at Wedgewood, lead to a pair of birdies. Rodgers hit his approach shot to 8 feet, and Allred to 3. Both are lucky to have moved on to the second playoff hole; both hit wayward tee shots on the first hole this morning and had to scramble to make pars.
Tuesday, June 7, 8:10 a.m. EDT: Six players are locked in a playoff for the final five spots in Powell, Ohio. Scottie Scheffler, Luke Donald, Jason Allred, Richard Schembechler II, Daniel Summerhays and Patrick Rodgers all made pars on the first playoff hole, hole No. 1 at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club. All six advance to the second playoff hole, hole No. 2.
11:50 p.m. EDT: The final sectional qualifier to conclude on Monday evening was at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash. Matt Marshall (pictured below), a professional who spends part of his competing on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and part of his time as a wine maker in Oregon, defeated Austin Connelly in a playoff to secure the last of three spots awarded at the site, and got to celebrate with Mom afterwards. Aaron Wise, the reigning NCAA individual champion from the University of Oregon, finished as the medalist with a score of 9-under 135. Vancouver Results I Vancouver Photos
10:30 p.m. EDT: That's a wrap at the Daly City, Calif., qualifier, where the Philippines' Miguel Luis Tabuena, 21, rode a morning 64 to medalist honors, firing a 68 at The Olympic Club's Ocean Course in the afternoon to cruise to his first U.S. Open appearance. The last of the six spots awarded at the site went to Brandon Harkins, a Lafayette, Calif., native who is currently competing on PGA Tour Latino America. Harkins defeated David Gazzolo and Hunter Larson with a birdie on the first hole of their 3-for-1 playoff, which was contested at Lake Merced Golf Club. Daly City Results I Daly City Photos
9:40 p.m. EDT: Play is done for the day in Powell, Ohio, with eight players securing spots in the 116th U.S. Open field and a compelling playoff in the works for Tuesday morning. Six players, including Luke Donald, 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Scottie Scheffler and two-time Walker Cup Team member Patrick Rodgers, will begin play at 7:30 a.m. in a 6-for-5 playoff. The odd man out will be the first alternate. At the same time as that playoff, a 10-for-1 playoff will begin off the 10th tee to determine the second alternate spot.
Also in Powell, Bryson DeChambeau (pictured below) showed again why his decision to turn professional in April was a good one. The 2015 U.S. Amateur champion shot a 7-under 63 in his second round to finish 36 holes in Powell, Ohio, at 9-under 133 and easily qualify for his second consecutive U.S. Open. Since getting off to an auspicious start in his pro debut at the Heritage Classic (T-4) one week after finishing as the low amateur in the Masters, DeChambeau made just his second cut in six events this past week at the Memorial Tournament in Columbus. Perhaps finishing in the money gave him the boost he needed to finish strong today, and now he turns his sights to Oakmont for his first major championship as a professional. Powell Scoring I Powell Photos
9:20 p.m. EDT: It was a day that started before sunrise for Korea's Sung Hoon Kang (pictured), and it ended with a spot in his second U.S. Open. Kang birdied the first playoff hole at Germantown Country Club, along with amateur Sam Burns, to come out on top in the 6-for-2 playoff in Memphis, Tenn. Kang finished tied for 39th in the 2011 championship at Congressional Country Club. Burns, who just completed his freshman campaign at Louisiana State University, will be making his U.S. Open debut. Memphis Results I Memphis Photos
9:00 p.m. EDT: Kevin Tway (center), Derek Chang (left) and Austin Jordan (right) are your three qualifiers out of Lakeside Country Club in Houston, Texas, with the trio sharing medalist honors. Tway, the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, fired a final-round 66 and will make his third U.S. Open start. Chang and Jordan will be making their debuts in the championship. Houston Results I Houston Photos
8:40 p.m. EDT: Austin Connelly (pictured below) played 36 holes around Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash., without making a single bogey, and is in the clubhouse in 6-under 138 as he awaits the rest of the scores. Generally, a bogey-free trip around U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying would all but guarantee a spot in the championship, but Connelly, of Irving, Texas, will be doing plenty of leader board watching the rest of the evening. He currently sits in third place, which would give him the final spot from the site, but there are four players still on the course that are within two shots of him. Connelly would be looking to make his U.S. Open debut. Aaron Wise, the reigning NCAA individual champion out of University of Oregon, currently leads at the site with four holes to play, while Travis Howe is in the clubhouse at 7-under 137.
8:10 p.m. EDT: Three players will be making their U.S. Open debuts after solid play in the Roswell, Ga., sectional qualifier. Kent Bulle, amateur Ryan Stachler and Frank Adams III all avoided a playoff, with Bulle firing a 64 in the afternoon on the Settindown Creek Course at Ansley Golf Club to earn medalist honors by three strokes over Stachler. Bulle has played in eight Web.com Tour events in 2016, while Stachler (pictured below) just completed his freshman campaign at the University of South Carolina. Adams has competed in one PGA Tour event in his career; the 2012 Wells Fargo Classic. Roswell, Ga. Results I Roswell, Ga. Photos
8:00 p.m. EDT: There's a 6-for-2 playoff in Memphis, Tenn., to determine who will earn the final of 10 spots from the site. One player who has nothing to worry about: D.J. Trahan (pictured), who followed up an opening 69 with a 9-under 62 in the afternoon to share medalist honors with Andres Gonzales. Trahan has some U.S. Open history- he has made three starts in the championship and tied for fourth in 2008 at Torrey Pines. He will be making his first appearance since 2009. Among the others to earn spots in Memphis are 2001 PGA Champion David Toms and PGA Tour winners Dicky Pride and J.J. Henry.
7:50 p.m. EDT: Play has resumed in Powell, Ohio. With many players still with golf to play, some with as many as five holes, it remains to be seen if everybody will finish this evening. There are 13 spots available and there is currently an 11-way tie for the last of 13 spots being awarded out of the site. Sure to be an exciting finish.
7:35 p.m. EDT: 2015 USA Walker Cup Team member Denny McCarthy (pictured below) is headed to his second straight U.S. Open after nailing a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole of the Rockville, Md., qualifier at Woodmont Country Club. A par for Chase Parker gives him the final spot in the 3-for-2 playoff. Mike Van Sickle, the son of Sports Illustrated writer Gary Van Sickle, was the third member of the playoff, and missed a four-foot par attempt that sealed first alternate status for him. Rockville, Md. Results I Rockville, Md. Photos
7:20 p.m. EDT: Charlie Danielson (pictured below) is headed to Oakmont for his U.S. Open after topping Tony Finau on the first playoff hole for the fourth and final spot out of the Springfield, Ohio, qualifier. Danielson, an amateur who just finished up at the University of Illinois, had a fairly stress-free two-putt for par on the par-4 10th hole after an errant tee shot by Finau led to him having to get up and down just to save bogey. Danielson, a Wisconsin native, will be making his U.S. Open debut. Springfield, Ohio Results I Springfield, Ohio Photos
6:45 p.m. EDT: The field is set in Summit, N.J., at Canoe Brook Country Club, but not without some incredible, last-minute drama. With six spots on the line, amateur Chris Crawford (pictured below), who just completed his collegiate career at Drexel University, had a finish nobody envisioned. After a bad tee shot on the par-5 18th hole of Canoe Brook's North Course, Crawford hit a recovery shot to the parallel 13th fairway and then hit his third shot over the trees to 40 feet. He then drained the putt, earning the sixth and final spot from the site. Had he two-putted, he would have been in a 5-for-1 playoff. Summit, N.J. Results I Summit, N.J. Photos
6:25 p.m. EDT: With just three spots available at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., things are heating up quite a bit. Billy Hurley (pictured below) primed to earn medalist honors after rounds of 67-68 to finish at 9-under 135, there are three players tied for the last two spots at 6-under. Chase Parker and Denny McCarthy are in the clubhouse with that, with McCarthy making a 10-foot putt to save par on his last hole. Mike Van Sickle has two holes left, and will determine whether there is a 3-for-2 playoff or if McCarthy and Parker will claim the last two spots.
6:05 p.m. EDT: Play has been suspended due to weather at the Powell, Ohio, qualifier. Carlos Ortiz looks to be safely in the field, firing a pair of 66s to currently sit at the top of the leader board. Jason Kokrak has also shot up the field, playing his first 11 holes of his second round in 7-under, and is currently tied for sixth with three holes to play. It gets messy closer to the cut line, with 11 players tied for 12th place and 13 spots available. There's plenty left to be decided here.
5:55 p.m. EDT: Talk about a clutch shot. Tony Finau hit his approach on his last hole at the Springfield, Ohio qualifier, the par-3 ninth hole at Springfield Country Club, to six feet and drained the putt to move into fourth place and currently sit in the fourth and final spot being awarded at the site. He finished with a score of 1-under 139 with three players still on the course within two shots of him.
5:40 p.m. EDT: We are done for the day at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. Heavy rains have forced players off the course. Play will resume on Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time. Here's where we currently stand with plenty of golf left for tomorrow.
5:30 p.m. EDT: Things are looking dim for Oliver Schniederjans after a second straight U.S. Open bid looked to be very much in play for most of the day. Playing in the Roswell, Ga., at the Settindown Creek Course in Roswell, Ga., Schniederjans started off with a 3-under 68 in the morning, but a double-bogey on the par-4 15th hole of his second round has dropped him down to a tie for seventh and currently four shots out of the third and final spot available there. Schniederjans, a former All-America honoree at Georgia Tech University, played as an amateur in both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, in 2015, making the cut in both, after earning exemptions by way of winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal for being the world's top-ranked amateur in 2014.
5:10 p.m. EDT: Canada's Adam Hadwin is the leader in the clubhouse in Columbus, Ohio, at 4-under 138 after a 67 in the afternoon at Wedgewood G&CC. He is currently T-7. Thirteen spots available.
4:55 p.m. EDT: At just 21 years of age, Luis Miguel Tabuena is already making a name for himself in his home country of the Philippines, winning his country’s national championship, the Philippines Open, in December. He’s now taking his game international, and it may not be long before the golf world is taking notice. Tabuena opened with a 7-under 29 on his first nine of the day, the back nine of Lake Merced Golf Club, carding two eagles on his way to a 64. He is just getting started in his second round, at The Olympic Club’s Ocean Course. With only six spots available, it will be important for him to continue to stay on the offensive.
4:30 p.m. EDT: Bryson DeChambeau became exempt for the 2016 U.S. Open when he claimed the 2015 U.S. Amateur title at Olympia Fields Country Club last August. Following a tie for 21st in the Masters this April, DeChambeau embarked on his professional career, and in doing so, forfeited his exemption into the championship. Still exempt into sectional qualifying, DeChambeau is making the most of his opportunity to play in his major championship as a professional. He’s currently tied for seventh in the Powell, Ohio qualifier, where 13 spots are available, midway through his second round. Here are his thoughts on Monday’s task:
4:20 p.m. EDT: Gavin Hall, of Pittsford, N.Y., has played the first six holes of his afternoon round at Canoe Brook in 4 under par, including an eagle on the 560-yard, par-5 12th hole to move to 3 under for the day and into the mix for one of the six spots available at Canoe Brook. Hall, 21, who currently plays at the University of Texas, qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion at age 18.
3:50 p.m. EDT: One player who looks really good to make it to Oakmont is Andres Gonzales. The University of Nevada-Las Vegas alum, who has four career top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, ended his first round of the day in the Memphis, Tenn. qualifier at Germantown Country Club with an eagle on the par-5 18th to card a 7-under 64. He has kept it rolling in the afternoon, with birdies on three of his first seven holes at Ridgeway Country Club to climb to the top of the leader board. The 121 player field has 10 spots available, so he looks to be in good position at this point.
3:20 p.m. EDT: Play was suspended in Jacksonville, Fla., at Timuquana Country Club, at 3:06 p.m. ET., due to inclement weather. University of Georgia alumni Joey Garber is currently leading the pack there, following up a morning 66 with two birdies in his first seven holes. 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Scott Harvey and Sam Horsfield, who reached the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur, are among those in contention to snag one of the four spots available at the site.
2:50 p.m. EDT: One player who wants back in at Oakmont is Aaron Baddeley. Baddeley, who last played in the U.S. Open in 2014 at Pinehurst No. 2, opened the Powell, Ohio, qualifier with a 3-under 68 at Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club before stumbling a bit to start his second round of the day, this time at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club. Baddeley was the 54-hole leader at Oakmoint the last time the U.S. Open was contested there, but a triple-bogey start to his final round put him out of contention. Here's more from Powell:
2:40 p.m. EDT: Austin Jordan will celebrate his 23rd birthday on the Friday of U.S. Open week. If he continues his fine play at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, he'll give himself one heckuva birthday present. Jordan, a 2015 graduate of Incarnate Word, currently leads at the Houston sectional site after carding an opening-round 67.
2:10 p.m. EDT: It's a windy day in Springfield, Ohio, and it's making it hard to score at Springfield Country Club. Just eight players broke par during the morning 18, with teaching professional Patrick Wilkes-Krier rising above early on with a 4-under 66. Wilkes-Krier, of Ypsilanti, Mich., teaches at Mile of Golf in nearby Ann Arbor. He played professionally for several years, and has competed in a pair of Web.com events, most recently in 2013.
Also in good position in Springfield, where four spots are available, is amateur Nick Hardy. Hardy, who plays for the University of Illinois, made the cut at Chambers Bay in 2015, and his bogey on his last hole during Round 2 increased the cut from 4-over to 5-over, allowing an additional group of players to advance to the weekend. View photos from Springfield.
1:40 p.m. EDT: A pair of players who became USGA champions in 2014 are off to good starts at the Daly City, Calif. sectional qualifier. Byron Meth, who won the final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and has since turned professional, is 3-under through 15 holes of his opening round at the Olympic Club's Ocean Course. 2014 U.S. Amateur champ Gunn Yang is 2 under through 10 holes at Lake Merced Golf Club. Six spots at Oakmont are up for grabs in the 100-player field at Daly City.
Amateurs play a strong role in U.S. Open sectional qualifying. Scott Walker tells us more about some of the notable mid-amateurs in the field- competitors who are 25 years of age and up:
1:30 p.m. EDT: The field at Canoe Brook is through 18 holes, and 26 players bettered par, which is 72 on both the North and South Courses. Eighteen of those players were on the shorter (6,753 yards) South, eight of them on the North (7,115 yards). Jim Herman, who won the Shell Houston Open in April, had the low round on the North, a 67. He is two strokes behind Justin Hicks and amateur Christopher Crawford, and one stroke back of Kevin Foley, in a tie for fourth with Rob Oppenheim. Six spots are available.
1 p.m. EDT: Carlos Ortiz, of Mexico, who has missed the cut in eight of his last nine PGA Tour starts, cards a 66 at Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club in Powell, Ohio. The early leader is 26-year-old Ethan Tracy, a pro from nearby Galloway, Ohio, who received a sponsor's exemption into last weekend’s Memorial Tournament, shot a 7-under 65 at Kinsale. Tracy currently has conditional status on the Web.com Tour. View photos from Jacksonville
12:50 p.m. EDT: There are many familiar faces taking part in sectional qualifying around the country today, including one that has competed in 18 U.S. Opens. Three-time major champion Vijay Singh, who has notched seven top-10 finishes in the championship across his decorated career, is in action today at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., and is in position to make a run at his first U.S. Open start since 2012. Singh, 53, is 1-under through 16 holes of his opening round, and is tied for 18th. Four spots will be awarded at Timuquana on Monday.
12:15 p.m. EDT: Kevin Foley, a Penn State graduate who has played much of the past five years on the Web.com Tour, opened with a 6-under-par 66 on the South Course at Canoe Brook. An eagle on the 489-yard, par-5 15th hole capped a six-hole run that Foley played in 5 under par. He plays the longer North Course in the afternoon, starting at 12:39. Scott Walker with more:
11:40 a.m. EDT: Both have struggled out of the gate today in the qualifier at Springfield (Ohio) C.C., but a fun group to watch is the one that includes Tony Finau and Jamie Sadlowski. Finau, who finished tied for 14th at Chambers Bay last year and won his first PGA Tour event in March in the Puerto Rico Open at Cocoa Beach, leads the PGA Tour with his mammoth distance off the tee, averaging 311.4 yards. Sadlowski, meanwhile, isn't as much a household name as Finau, but he can get it out there, as well. The Canadian (pictured) is a two-time RE/MAX World Long Drive champion, having claimed the title in 2008 and 2009. On his bag today? PGA Tour stalwart and famed analyst Gary McCord.
11:15 a.m. EDT: Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of Michelle Wie's U.S. Open qualifying bid at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. Canoe Brook is hosting U.S. Open sectional qualifying for the 14th time since 1980. Wie's bid drew 5,000 spectators. The 16-year-old opened with a 2-under 68 on the South Course, but faded over her final nine holes on the North Course to miss by five strokes. Wie, the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion, captured the U.S. Women's Open title in 2014 at Pinehurst.
11:10 a.m. EDT: At the Powell, Ohio sectional qualifier, there were a few key withdrawals prior to the start of play, including one by a player whose performance this past weekend has all but locked up a spot for him at Oakmont. Scott Walker has more:
10 a.m. EDT: Kevin Foley, the former Penn State standout and winner of the Web.com Tour's Panama Claro Championship in 2013, is off to a sizzling start in Summit, N.J., carding a 5-under 30 over the inward nine of Canoe Brook’s South Course. The nine included four consecutive birdies from No. 10 and an eagle-3 on No. 15. The Somerville, N.J., native who now resides in Jupiter, Fla., was the low amateur in the 2006 Metropolitan Open at Canoe Brook.
9:25 a.m. EDT: Everyone has teed off in the sectional qualifier in Powell, Ohio. A total of 13 spots will be up for grabs, with 103 competing at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club and Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club. Among those competing at the site is former World No. 1 Luke Donald PGA Tour winners Aaron Baddeley, Camilo Villegas and Gary Woodland, and 2015 U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau.
8:25 a.m. EDT: Some changes to the field at the Memphis, Tenn., qualifying site: Alternates Taylor Davis, Austin Karl and Parker McLachlin are in, replacing Rod Pampling, Johnson Ko and John Merrick. There are a total of 121 players at site, which is being contested at Germantown Country Club and Ridgeway Country Club. The number of spots on the line will be announced later in the day.
8:00 a.m. EDT: On Monday morning, 743 players at 10 sites are beginning a 36-hole journey that they hope will culminate in a spot in the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. Seventy-eight spots in the championship were filled by players who are fully exempt. A few more could get into the field by moving into the Top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking by Monday, June 13. The remaining spots in the 156-player field are up for grabs via 12 sectional qualifiers in what has been called the most democratic major championship. Sites in Japan (Monday, May 23) and England (Monday, May 30) have already awarded 17 spots in the field; 10 U.S. sites are being contested today. Devin Gee, the head professional at Oakmont Country Club, is hoping to make his U.S. Open debut at his place of work; he hit the first ball at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., to get things going nationwide. If he qualifies, he'll be the first club professional to do so for a U.S. Open at his home club since his boss at Oakmont, Bob Ford, pulled it off in 1983.
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