U.S. Open sectional qualifying results

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 6, 2017, 1:25 pm

U.S. Open sectional qualifying is underway. Twelve 36-hole sectional qualifiers are being contested, with two international sites, in Japan and England, and 10 more in the U.S. For local qualifying results, click here.

The process began with 9,485 players attempting to qualify for the Erin Hills Golf Course event this summer.

The U.S. Open will be held June 15-18 in Erin, Wis.

(a) amateur

June 5, 2017
Tacoma Country & Golf Club
Lakewood, Wash.

Derek Barron (-7) 66-69=135
Jordan Niebrugge (-2) 73-67=140
Max Greyserman (-2) 72-68=140
Daniel Miernicki (-1) 73-68=141
Alt 1-Jeff Rein (-1) 70-71=141
Alt 2-Hugo Leon (-1) 69-72=141

June 5, 2017
Big Canyon Country Club/Newport Beach Country Club
Newport Beach, Calif,

John Oda (a) (-11) 64-68=132
Mason Andersen (a) (-9) 64-70=134
Stewart Hagestad (a) (-8) 67-68=135
Kevin Dougherty (-7) 64-72=136
Sahith Theegala (a) (-7) 71-65=136
Cameron Champ (a) (-6) 63-74=137
Alt 1-Brandon Wu (a) (-6) 66-71=137
Alt 2-Gregor Main (-5) 69-69=138

June 5, 2017
Lakewood Country Club
Dallas, Texas

Roman Robledo (-13) 63-66=129
Nick Flanagan (-11) 68-63=131
Walker Lee (a) (-10) 65-67=132
Alt 1-Ryan Palmer (-7) 67-68=135
Alt 2-Edward Loar (-7) 72-63=135

June 5, 2017
Germantown Country Club/Ridgeway Country Club
Memphis, Tenn.

Steve Stricker (-10) 67-65=132
Andres Romero (-9) 67-66=133
Troy Merritt (-9) 67-66=133
Chez Reavie (-9) 67-66=133
Harris English (-9) 65-68=133
Garrett Osborn (-9) 65-68=133
Trey Mullinax (-8) 68-66=134
Jonathan Randolph (-7) 68-67=135
Xander Schauffele (-7) 64-71=135
Alt 1-Meen Whee Kim (-7) 68-67=135
Alt 2-Scott Brown (-7) 66-69=135

June 5, 2017
Brookside Golf & Country Club/The Laks Golf & Country Club
Columbus, Ohio

J.T. Poston (-12) 66-66=132
Jason Kokrak (-11)69-64=133
Bud Cauley (-11) 63-70=133
Martin Laird (-10) 67-67=134
Keegan Bradley (-1) 65-69=134
Stewart Cink (-10) 68-66=134
Jamaie Lovemark (-10) 64-70=134
Bryson DeChambeau (-9) 69-66=135
Cheng-Tsung Pan (-9) 65-70=135
David Lingmerth (-9) 66-69=135
Ted Potter Jr. (-9) 65-70=135
Michael Putnam (-8) 70-66=136
Peter Uihlein (-8) 68-68=136
Scottie Scheffler (a) (-8) 66-70=136
Talor Gooch (-8) 67-69=136
Alt 1-Michael Putnam (-8) 70-66=136
Alt 2-Johnson Wagner (-7) 64-73=137

June 5, 2017
Springfield Country Club
Springfield, Ohio

Corey Conners (-12) 61-67=128
Brian Stuard (-9) 66-65=131
Brice Garnett (-8) 66-66=132
Ryan Brehm (-7) 70-63=133
Alt 1-Tyler Light (-6) 66-68=134
Alt 2-Doug Ghim (a) (-6) 69-65=134

June 5, 2017
Hawks Ridge Golf Club
Ball Ground, Ga.

Stephan Jaeger (-7) 67-70=137
Alex Smalley (a) (-7) 68-69=137
Alt 1-Davis Love IV (a) (-6) 67-71=138
Alt 2-J.T. Griffin (-6) 66-72=138

June 5, 2017
Canoe Brook Country Club (North and South courses)
Summit, N.J.

Daniel Chopra (-11) 66-65=131
Christopher Crawford (a) (-8) 66-68=134
Andy Pope (-8) 68-66=134
Scott Harvey (a) (-8) 63-71=134
Matthew Campbell (-7) 65-70=135
Alt 1-Roberto Diaz (-7) 65-70=135
Alt 2-Cameron Wilson (-6) 71-65=136

June 5, 2017
Jupiter Hills Club
Tequesta, Fla.

Jack Maguire (-3) 72-65=137
Joaquin Niemann (a) (-1) 71-68=139
Tyson Alexander (-1) 72-67=139
Alt 1-Eugene Hong (a) (-12) 69-70=139
Alt 2-Tim Wilkinson (+1) 67-74=141

June 5, 2017
Woodmont Country Club
Rockville, Md.

Sam Ryder (-11) 62-71=133
Kyle Thompson (-7) 68-69=137
Ben Kohles (-6) 70-68=138
Alt 1-T.J. Howe (-4) 71-69=140
Alt 2-Lanto Griffin (-4) 73-67=140

May 29, 2017
Walton Heath Golf Club
Surrrey, England

Aaron Rai, (-14) 66-64=130
Haotong Li, (-13) 67-64=131
Alexander Levy, (-12) 63-69=132
Richie Ramsay, (-12) 66-66=132
Oliver Bekker, (-11) 67-67=133
Joel Stalter, (-11) 68-65=133
Bradley Dredge, (-11) 62-71=133
Eddie Pepperell, (-11) 67-66=133
Brandon Stone, (-10) 68-66=134
George Coetzee, (-10) 64-70=134
Andrew Johnston, (-10) 68-66=134
Paul Dunne, (-9) 67-68=135
Matt Wallace, (-9) 67-68=135
Thomas Aiken, (-9) 68-67=135
Wade Ormsby, (-9) 66-69=135
Alt 1-Gregory Bourdy (-9) 71-64=135
Alt 2-Callum Shinkwin (-9) 65-70=135

May 22, 2017
Ono Golf Club
Ono City, Japan

Satoshi Kodaira, (-11) 64-69=133
Yusaku Miyazato, (-7) 66-71=137
Chan Kim, (-7) 69-68=137
Shugo Imahira, (-7) 68-69=137 
Alt 1-Shungjae Im (-7) 68-69=137
Alt 2-Shintaro Kobayashi (-7) 70-67=137

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.