The highlights from Monday’s final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open:
- At the main qualifier in Ohio, Charlie Hoffman bounced back from an 81 on Sunday at the Memorial with a 65-68 to take medalist honors, while at 9:02 p.m., Luke Guthrie sank a five-footer on the third playoff hole to eliminate Mike Weir, Steve Flesch, and Jason Kokrak.
- In Maryland, Lee Janzen was disqualified for wearing steel spikes. (Two of the 11 qualifying sites allowed spikes, nine didn’t—and the USGA claims to champion one set of Rules for all?)
- D.A. Weibring’s son Matt led the qualifiers in Dallas, but at other sites illustrious offspring weren’t as fortunate: Steve (Hale) Irwin, Andy (Johnny) Miller, and Case (Russ) Cochran all fell short, while the saddest story was Arnold Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders, who missed by one stroke after his second round included a missed four-inch putt.
- In Memphis, Scott Langley’s ace helped him punch a ticket to Merion.
- 54-year-old Jay Don Blake was the medalist at St. Louis, while 18-year-old Gavin Hall tied for first in New York (birdieing his final four holes).
- Five major champions will not be adding to their trophy cases next week: Davis Love III, Ben Curtis, Justin Leonard, Todd Hamilton, and Trevor Immelman.
- The “How Did He Get to the Final Stage?” award went to Austin Amaya, whose 90-83—173 brought up the rear in California.
- In Texas, Ryan Palmer and Zack Fischer went 44 holes before darkness ended their playoff for the last spot: This morning, Fischer won on the 12th playoff hole.