The Field: A Look at the Last Six
By Scott Lipsky, USGA
The field for the 116th U.S. Open is now complete, with the final six spots being filled on Monday. The final exemption category on the #RoadtoOakmont guarantees anyone who has moved into the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of Monday, June 13 a spot in the championship (after a previous top-60 draw from the OWGR on Monday, May 23). Six spots were reserved for players making the jump into the top 60 on June 13, but only one (William McGirt) moved up. The remaining five spots went to first alternates from sectional qualifying. Here is a look at the last six players to make the 156-player field.
William McGirt, Lumberton, N.C.: McGirt, 36, will make his U.S. Open debut as the lone beneficiary of Monday’s top-60 exemption category. A third-round 64 at The Memorial Tournament on June 4 propelled him to a share of the 54-hole lead, which he converted into his first PGA Tour victory by defeating Jon Curran on the second playoff hole at Muirfield Village. The performance lifted him from No. 129 in the OWGR to No. 44 and into the field at Oakmont. He has played in one major in his career, missing the cut in the 2012 PGA Championship.
Zach Edmondson, Cary, N.C.: Edmondson, 25, will make his U.S. Open debut after earning first-alternate status in a 5-for-2 playoff at the Jacksonville, Fla., qualifier at Timuquana Country Club on June 6. The East Carolina University alum is in his second year competing on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada.
Tony Finau, Lehi, Utah: Finau, 26, will compete in his second U.S. Open after a notable debut at Chambers Bay in 2015. Finau started with rounds of 69-68, and was just two strokes off the 36-hole lead before finishing tied for 14th. He fell to amateur Charlie Danielson in a 2-for-1 playoff at the sectional qualifier at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club on June 6. Finau became a PGA Tour winner in March when he captured the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach.
Kevin Foley, Jupiter, Fla.: Foley, 29, won a 4-man playoff for the first-alternate spot in the Summit, N.J., sectional qualifier at Canoe Brook Country Club on June 6. The Penn State University alum, who is making his U.S. Open debut, calls Oakmont his favorite course, having played it a few times with friend and club member Nate Sutherland. Foley won the 2013 Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour and competed on the PGA Tour in 2014. The New Jersey native was a three-time All-Big Ten selection while competing for the Nittany Lions. One of his teammates at Penn State, T.J. Howe, is also in the U.S. Open field.
Daniel Summerhays, Fruit Heights, Utah: Summerhays, 32, will make his third U.S. Open start after being the odd man out in a 6-for-5 playoff in Powell, Ohio. He tied for 27th at Chambers Bay in 2015 and missed the cut in 2010 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. The Brigham Young University alum is still looking for his first victory on the PGA Tour, having collected a pair of runner-up finishes and 15 top-10 performances in 156 career starts. His uncle, Bruce Summerhays, is a three-time PGA Tour Champions winner.
Mike Van Sickle, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Van Sickle, 29, will make his U.S. Open debut in front of a home crowd, having graduated from high school in Gibsonia, Pa., just 20 minutes from Oakmont. He shot rounds of 71-67 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., on June 6 to earn a spot in a 3-for-2 playoff, but missed a 4-foot par attempt and was relegated to first alternate. The Marquette University alum plays on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada. Sunday was a pretty good evening for Van Sickle, who is a fan of the hometown Stanley Cup champion Penguins. “I got the call during the first period of the Penguins game,” said Van Sickle, who moved to the area when he was 12. “To be able to stay at home in front of the hometown crowd is an exciting feeling. I’m ready to relish the moment.”
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