Sectional Qualifying for 07 US Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 5, 2007, 4:00 pm
2007 U.S. OpenSectional qualifying results for 2007 U.S. Open in which 8,544 players were originally entered. Sectional qualifying is held at 15 sites with 81 players qualifying for the season's second major championship. The '07 U.S. Open will be played June 14-17 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
 
A - denotes Alternate qualifier
(a) denotes amateur status.
 
06/04/07
Columbus, Ohio - OSU Scarlet G.C./Scioto C.C. & Double Eagle C.C.

Bubba Watson Bagdad, Fla. 65-71-136
Ryan Moore Puyallup, Wash. 68-68-136
Ken Duke Palm City, Fla. 68-69-137
Todd Fischer Pleasanton, Calif. 66-71-137
Harrison Frazar Dallas, Texas 65-72-137
Jerry Kelly Madison, Wis. 69-68-137
Nathan Green Australia 69-70-139
Steve Marino Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 66-73-139
Camilo Villegas Cleveland, Ohio 69-70-139
Nick Watney Fresno, Calif. 70-69-139
(a) Trip Kuehne Dallas, Texas 72-68-140
(a) Pablo Martin Spain 65-75-140
Sean O'Hair West Chester, Pa. 69-71-140
Pat Perez Scottsdale, Ariz. 67-73-140
Michael Putnam Tacoma, Wash. 72-68-140
Joe Daley Scottsdale, Ariz. 70-71-141
Craig Kanada The Woodlands, Texas 69-72-141
Boo Weekley Milton, Fla. 68-73-141
Woody Austin Derby, Kan. 73-69-142
Eric Axley Knoxville, Tenn. 70-72-142
John Koskinen Baraga, Mich. 70-72-142
Warren Pineo Palm Desert, Calif. 72-70-142
P-Anthony Kim Dallas, Texas 68-75-143
A-Kevin Stadler Scottsdale, Ariz. 75-68-143
A-Will Mackenzie Jupiter, Fla. 70-73-143
 
06/04/07
Columbus, Ohio -- Double Eagle C.C.

(a) Jason Kokrak Warren, Ohio 69-68-137
Tom Gillis Oxford, Mich. 65-72-137
Kyle Dobbs Ann Arbor, Mich. 73-66-139
Jacob Rogers Tucson, Ariz. 67-72-139
A-Gary Rusnak Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. 70-69-139
A-Tee McCabe Marco Island, Fla. 69-70-139
 
06/04/07
Columbine Valley, Co. -- Columbine C.C.

Jason Allen Pueblo, Colo. 68-72-140
A-Dustin White Pueblo West, Colo. 69-71-140
A-(a) Jeffrey Koprivetz Yorba Linda, Calif. 72-72-144
 
06/04/07
Surrey, England -- Walton Heath G.C.

Nick Dougherty England 66-70-136
Darren Fichardt South Africa 68-68-136
Peter Hanson Sweden 68-68-136
Marcus Fraser Australia 66-71-137
Graeme McDowell N. Ireland 69-68-137
Miguel Rodriguez Argentina 71-66-137
Samuel Walker England 67-71-138
Soren Kjeldsen Denmark 69-70-139
Christian Cevaer France 69-70-139
A-Gregory Havret France 70-70-140
A-Marc Warren Scotland 70-70-140
 
06/04/07
Tequesta, Fla. -- Jupiter Hills C.C.

(a) Jeff Golden Winter Park, Fla. 67-75-142
(a) Chris Condello Heathrow, Fla. 73-70-143
A-Akio Sadakata Tampa, Fla. 68-75-143
A-Matthew Abbott Endwell, N.Y. 71-73-144
 
06/04/07
Ball Ground, Ga. -- Hawks Ridge G.C.

(a) Mark Harrell Hazlehurst, Ga. 67-70-137
Lee Williams Alexander City, Ala. 67-70-137
Jason Dufner Auburn, Ala. 69-69-138
A-Matt Kuchar Atlanta, Ga. 68-71-139
A-(a) Hudson Swafford Tallahassee, Fla. 66-73-139
 
06/04/07
North Riverside, Ill. -- Riverside G.C.

Jeff Brehaut Los Altos, Calif. 70-70-140
Mike Small Champaign, Ill. 71-69-140
Jonathan Mills Canada 66-75-141
Martin Laird Scotland 72-71-143
Andy Matthews Grand Rapids, Mich. 73-70-143
A-Neal Lancaster Smithfield, N.C. 71-72-143
A-Joseph Alfieri Odessa, Fla. 73-70-143
 
06/04/07
Mission Hills, Kansas -- Indian Hills C.C.

Michael Berg Detroit Lakes, Minn. 73-67-140
A-(a) Mark Elliott Silver Lake, Kan. 69-71-140
A-Chris Mabry Leawood, Kan. 69-72-141
 
06/04/07
Rockville, Md. -- Woodmont C.C.

(a) Rhys Davies Wales 72-65-137
Joey Sindelar Horseheads, N.Y. 69-69-138
Fred Funk Ponte Vedra, Fla. 68-71-139
Three-for-two playoff at 8:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday
(a) Luke List Ringgold, Ga. 72-68-140
(a) Philip Pettitt Jr Murfreesboro, Tenn. 68-72-140
(a) Martin Ureta Chile 72-68-140
 
06/04/07
Purchase, N.Y. -- Century C.C.

Frank Bensel Purchase, N.Y. 72-68-140
Geoffrey Sisk Marshfield, Mass. 73-67-140
Ricky Barnes Scottsdale, Ariz. 72-69-141
 
06/04/07
Memphis, Tenn. -- Colonial C.C. (North & South C.C.) & Chickasaw C.C.

Darron Stiles Pinehurst, N.C. 69-62-131
Brandt Snedeker Nashville, Tenn. 65-68-133
Kirk Triplett Scottsdale, Ariz. 68-65-133
Chris Stroud Sea Island, Ga. 70-64-134
Tripp Isenhour Orlando, Fla. 69-66-135
D J Brigman Albuquerque, N.M. 71-65-136
Olin Browne Tequesta, Fla. 72-64-136
Bob Estes Austin, Texas 70-66-136
Mathew Goggin Australia 67-69-136
Tim Petrovic Tampa, Fla. 67-69-136
Steve Elkington Australia 64-73-137
Paul Goydos Dove Canyon, Calif. 67-70-137
Todd Rossetti Dallas, Texas 73-64-137
Adam Speirs Canada 67-70-137
Johnson Wagner Charlotte, N.C. 65-72-137
Tom Byrum Richmond, Texas 65-73-138
A-Duffy Waldorf Northridge, Calif. 66-72-138
A-Brian Duncan Greenville, S.C. 68-70-138
 
06/04/07
Dallas, Texas -- Northwood C.C.

Hunter Mahan Plano, Texas 73-63-136
Justin Leonard Dallas, Texas 70-67-137
Ryan Palmer Amarillo, Texas 69-68-137
 
06/04/07
Murietta, Ga. -- Bear Creek C.C.

Kevin Sutherland Sacramento, Calif. 65-72-137
(a) Richard Lee Chandler, Ariz. 69-71-140
Andrew Buckle Cleveland, Ohio 70-70-140
Michael Block Aliso Viejo, Calif. 69-72-141
A-Brett Paquet Phoenix, Ariz. 72-69-141
A-Steve Conway Murrieta, Calif. 70-71-141
 
06/04/07
Bremerton, Wash. -- Golf Mountain G.C.

(a) Alexander Prugh Spokane, Wash. 71-69-140
Failed To Qualify
A-Ryan Zylstra Canada 70-73-143
 
05/28/07
Ibaraki Pref, Japan

Toru Taniguchi Japan 71-71-142
Kaname Yokoo Japan 71-71-142
Nobuhiro Masuda Japan 70-73-143
A-Tatsuhiko Takahashi Japan 72-72-144
A-A. Rizman Zahari Malaysia 70-74-144
 
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    McIlroy gets back on track

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 21, 2018, 3:10 pm

    There’s only one way to view Rory McIlroy’s performance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship:

    He is well ahead of schedule.

    Sure, McIlroy is probably disappointed that he couldn’t chase down Ross Fisher (and then Tommy Fleetwood) on the final day at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. But against a recent backdrop of injuries and apathy, his tie for third was a resounding success. He reasserted himself, quickly, and emerged 100 percent healthy.

    “Overall, I’m happy,” he said after finishing at 18-under 270, four back of Fleetwood. “I saw some really, really positive signs. My attitude, patience and comfort level were really good all week.”

    To fully appreciate McIlroy’s auspicious 2018 debut, consider his state of disarray just four months ago. He was newly married. Nursing a rib injury. Breaking in new equipment. Testing another caddie. His only constant was change. “Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place,” he said, “and that was because of where I was physically.”

    And so he hit the reset button, taking the longest sabbatical of his career, a three-and-a-half-month break that was as much psychological as physical. He healed his body and met with a dietician, packing five pounds of muscle onto his already cut frame. He dialed in his TaylorMade equipment, shoring up a putting stroke and wedge game that was shockingly poor for a player of his caliber. Perhaps most importantly, he cleared his cluttered mind, cruising around Italy with wife Erica in a 1950s Mercedes convertible.


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    After an intense buildup to his season debut, McIlroy was curious about the true state of his game, about how he’d stack up when he finally put a scorecard in his hand. It didn’t take him long to find out. 

    Playing the first two rounds alongside Dustin Johnson – the undisputed world No. 1 who was fresh off a blowout victory at Kapalua – McIlroy beat him by a shot. Despite a 103-day competitive layoff, he played bogey-free for 52 holes. And he put himself in position to win, trailing by one heading into the final round. Though Fleetwood blew away the field with a back-nine 30 to defend his title, McIlroy collected his eighth top-5 in his last nine appearances in Abu Dhabi.

    “I know it’s only three months,” he said, “but things change, and I felt like maybe I needed a couple of weeks to get back into the thought process that you need to get into for competitive golf. I got into that pretty quickly this week, so that was the most pleasing thing.”

    The sense of relief afterward was palpable. McIlroy is entering his 11th full year as a pro, and deep down he likely realizes 2018 is shaping up as his most important yet.

    The former Boy Wonder is all grown up, and his main challengers now are a freakish athlete (DJ) and a trio of players under 25 (Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm) who don’t lack for motivation or confidence. The landscape has changed significantly since McIlroy’s last major victory, in August 2014, and the only way he’ll be able to return to world No. 1 is to produce a sustained period of exceptional golf, like the rest of the game’s elite. (Based on average points, McIlroy, now ranked 11th, is closer to the bottom of the rankings, No. 1928, than to Johnson.)

    But after years of near-constant turmoil, McIlroy, 28, finally seems ready to pursue that goal again. He is planning the heaviest workload of his career – as many as 30 events, including seven more starts before the Masters – and appears refreshed and reenergized, perhaps because this year, for the first time in a while, he is playing without distractions.

    Not his relationships or his health. Not his equipment or his caddie or his off-course dealings.

    Everything in his life is lined up.

    Drama tends to follow one of the sport’s most captivating characters, but for now he can just play golf – lots and lots of golf. How liberating.

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    Crocker among quartet of Open qualifiers in Singapore

    By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 2:20 pm

    Former amateur standout Sean Crocker was among four players who qualified for the 147th Open via top-12 finishes this week at the Asian Tour's SMBC Singapore Open as part of the Open Qualifying Series.

    Crocker had a strong college career at USC before turning pro late last year. The 21-year-old received an invitation into this event shortly thereafter, and he made the most of his appearance with a T-6 finish to net his first career major championship berth.

    There were four spots available to those not otherwise exempt among the top 12 in Singapore, but winner Sergio Garcia and runners-up Shaun Norris and Satoshi Kodaira had already booked their tickets for Carnoustie. That meant that Thailand's Danthai Boonma and Jazz Janewattanond both qualified thanks to T-4 finishes.


    Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


    Crocker nabbed the third available qualifying spot, while the final berth went to Australia's Lucas Herbert. Herbert entered the week ranked No. 274 in the world and was the highest-ranked of the three otherwise unqualified players who ended the week in a tie for eighth.

    The next event in the Open Qualifying Series will be in Japan at the Mizuno Open in May, when four more spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs. The 147th Open will be held July 19-22 in Carnoustie, Scotland.

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    Got a second? Fisher a bridesmaid again

    By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

    Ross Fisher is in the midst of a career resurgence - he just doesn't have the hardware to prove it.

    Fisher entered the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a share of the lead, and as he made the turn he appeared in position to claim his first European Tour victory since March 2014. But he slowed just as Tommy Fleetwood caught fire, and when the final putt fell Fisher ended up alone in second place, two shots behind his fellow Englishman.

    It continues a promising trend for Fisher, who at age 37 now has 14 career runner-up finishes and three in his last six starts dating back to October. He was edged by Tyrrell Hatton both at the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the fall, and now has amassed nine worldwide top-10 finishes since March.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    Fisher took a big step toward ending his winless drought with an eagle on the par-5 second followed by a pair of birdies, and he stood five shots clear of Fleetwood with only nine holes to go. But while Fleetwood played Nos. 10-15 in 4 under, Fisher played the same stretch in 2 over and was unable to eagle the closing hole to force a playoff.

    While Fisher remains in search of an elusive trophy, his world ranking has benefited from his recent play. The veteran was ranked outside the top 100 in the world as recently as September 2016, but his Abu Dhabi runner-up result is expected to move him inside the top 30 when the new rankings are published.

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    McIlroy (T-3) notches another Abu Dhabi close call

    By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:08 pm

    Rory McIlroy's trend of doing everything but hoist the trophy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is alive and well.

    Making his first start since early October, McIlroy showed few signs of rust en route to a tie for third. Amid gusty winds, he closed with a 2-under 70 to finish the week at 18 under, four shots behind Tommy Fleetwood who rallied to win this event for the second consecutive year.

    The result continues a remarkable trend for the Ulsterman, who has now finished third or better seven of the last eight years in Abu Dhabi - all while never winning the tournament. That stretch includes four runner-up finishes and now two straight T-3 results.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    McIlroy is entering off a disappointing 2017 in which he was injured in his first start and missed two chunks of time while trying to regain his health. He has laid out an ambitious early-season schedule, one that will include a trip to Dubai next week and eight worldwide tournament starts before he heads to the Masters.

    McIlroy started the final round one shot off the lead, and he remained in contention after two birdies over his first four holes. But a bogey on No. 6 slowed his momentum, and McIlroy wasn't able to make a back-nine birdie until the closing hole, at which point the title was out of reach.