Yesterday, hundreds of golfers from around the world competed at 10 Sectional Qualifying spots, trying to earn one of the 72 spots up for grabs for the upcoming U.S. Open. Here is a look at who qualified for Erin Hills yesterday.
Germantown CC/Ridgeway CC in Memphis, Tennessee (9 spots)
Who Qualified: Steve Stricker (medalist), Andres Romero, Troy Merritt, Harris English, Chez Reavie, Garrett Osborn, Trey Mullinax, Xander Schauffele, and Jonathan Randolph all qualified
The biggest, and most significant, name to come out of this qualifier is Steve Stricker. Erin Hills is located is Strick’s home state of Wisconsin. Stricker appealed to the USGA for an expemtion into the event, but it was denied. Having tried and failed to crack the top 50 in the OWGR before last week’s cutoff, Stricker not only qualified for Erin Hills, he fired a 36-hole score of 10-under, good enough for Medalist honors.
Brookside CC/The Lakes CC in Columbus, Ohio (14 spots)
Who Qualified: J.T. Poston (medalist), Jason Kokrak, Bud Cauley, Martin Laird, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, Jamie Lovemark, Bryson DeChambeau, C.T. Pan, David Lingmerth, Ted Potter, Jr., Peter Uihlein, Scottie Scheffler, Talor Gooch
As you can see from that list, this qualifier probably should have handed out OWGR points in addition to U.S. Open spots it was so deep. Due to it’s location and date (day after the Memorial and close to Murfield Village), it traditionally has the deepest field and largest number of PGA Tour pros. Uihlein, Scheffler and Gooch advanced via a 4-for-3 playoff that spilled into Tuesday morning.
Canoe Brook CC in Summit, N.J. (five spots)
Who Qualified: Daniel Chopra (medalist), Christopher Crawford (a), Andy Pope, Scott Harvey (a), Matthew Campbell
Hawks Ridge GC in Ball Ground, Georgia. (two spots)
Who Qualified: Stephan Jaeger (medalist), Alex Smalley (a)
Dry Love, Son of Davis Love III, made eagle on the final hole but missed out on a playoff by one shot. He will have to hope he gets in via being the first alternate.
Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Florida. (three spots)
Who Qualified: Jack Maguire (medalist), Tyson Alexander, Joaquin Niemann (a)
Springfield CC in Springfield, Ohio (77 players for four spots)
Who Qualified: Corey Conners (medalist), Brian Stuard, Brice Garnett, Ryan Brehm
Woodmont CC in Rockville, Maryland. (three spots)
Who Qualified: Samuel Ryder (medalist), Kyle Thompson, Ben Kohles
Ryder built a large cushion in the morning, firing a first round 62 before cruising to a 4 shot win.
Lakewood CC in Dallas, Texas (three spots)
Who Qualified: Roman Robledo (medalist), Nick Flanagan, Walker Lee (a)
Tacoma CC in Lakewood, Washington (four spots)
Who’s in: Derek Barron (medalist), Jordan Niebrugge, Max Greyserman, Daniel Miernicki
Big Canyon CC/Newport Beach CC in Newport Beach, California (six spots)
Who Qualified: John Oda (a) (medalist), Mason Andersen (a), Stewart Hagestad (a), Kevin Dougherty, Sahith Theegala (a), Cameron Champ
Four of the six to qualify from this spot were amateurs, including Stewart Hagestad who won low am honors at the Masters.