Love Duval and More in Sectional Qualifying

By Usga News ServicesMay 30, 2008, 4:00 pm
2008 U.S. OpenThe 108th U.S. Open will take place on the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course June 12-15 in La Jolla, Calif. Angel Cabrera will be defending the title he won a year ago at Oakmont Country Club.
 
Sectional Qualifying will continue Monday June 2 across the U.S. and in England. Here are some of the storylines to keep an eye on and some notable players trying to make their way to the season's second major:
 

 
Lake Merced Country Club (Daly City, Calif.; 86 players for 6 spots)
 
  • Ian Coffman, a 22-year-old amateur from San Diego, grew up playing Torrey Pines through the city junior golf program. His most recent round at Torrey Pines was March 8, 2008.
     
  • Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., is a member of the Stanford University golf team. He was runner-up at the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur.
     
  • DeBock of San Diego has been the head pro at Torrey Pines for more than 15 years.
     
  • Jason Gore of Valencia, Calif., led after two rounds of the 2005 U.S. Open. He was tied for second after three rounds. As an amateur, he was a member of the 1997 USA Walker Cup team.
     
  • Tim Hogarth, a career amateur from Northridge, Calif., won the 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links title. He tied for medalist honors after two rounds of stroke play at the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
     
    Columbine Country Club (Littleton, Colo.; 28 players for 2 spots)
     
  • Daniel Wax of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Benjamin Weatherly of Melbourne, Australia, are amateurs who tied for medalist honors in local qualifying at Fort Collins, Colo., with a 65, three strokes ahead of the rest of the field.
     
  • Michael Zaremba, 53, of Pueblo, Colo., was the general chairman of the 2006 U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship at Walking Stick Golf Course.
     
    Walton Heath Golf Club (Surrey, England; 65 players for 10 spots)
     
  • Thomas Bjorn of Denmark has played in the last 11 U.S. Opens. He has nine wins on the European PGA Tour since turning pro in 1993. He played on the 1997 European Ryder Cup squad.
     
  • Oliver Fisher of England was the youngest player ever selected to play in a Walker Cup Match. He was 16 years old when he played his first match for the Great Britain and Ireland squad in 2005. He turned pro shortly thereafter.
     
  • Rory McIlroy of Ireland turned professional after playing for Great Britain and Ireland in the 2007 Walker Cup Match. He was ranked as the worlds top amateur in 2007.
     
    Jupiter Hills Club (Tequesta, Fla.; 44 players for 3 spots)
     
  • Michael Hebert of Orlando and Tommy Mou of Bradenton, Fla., are trying for their first U.S. Open at age 17. Mou tied for medalist honors in local qualifying in Bradenton. Hebert got the last of five spots awarded in Palm Harbor.
     
  • Billy Horschel of Grant, Fla., is a college player at the University of Florida and one of the countrys top-ranked amateurs. He played on the 2007 USA Walker Cup team. He posted a USGA championship record of 60 in stroke play at the 2006 U.S. Amateur.
     
  • Brothers Horacio and Hugo Leon of Chile are trying to play in the same U.S. Open. Horacio is a 23-year-old professional. Hugo is a 17-year-old amateur. They both advanced through local qualifying in Boyton Beach. Hugo was the medalist.
     
    Ansley Golf Club (Roswell, Ga.; 37 golfers for 3 spots)
     
  • USGA champions Matt Kuchar and D.J. Trahan are among those entered. Kuchar won the 1997 U.S. Amateur. Trahan won the 2000 U.S. Amateur Public Links. Both are former Walker Cuppers.
     
  • Billy Andrade has played in 11 U.S. Opens, but none since 2003. He finished tied for sixth at the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
     
  • Fourteen-year-old Oliver Schniederjans of Powder Springs, Ga., is the youngest of all golfers headed for sectional qualifying. There are more than 830 golfers taking part in sectional qualifying.
     
    Conway Farms Golf Club (Lake Forest, Ill.; 60 players for 6 spots)
     
  • Colt Knost of Dallas won two USGA amateur titles in 2007 before turning pro and giving up a full exemption into the 2008 U.S. Open. Knost won the 2007 U.S. Amateur and the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links titles.
     
  • Neal Lancaster twice posted a 29 for nine holes at a U.S. Open ' once in 1995 and again in 1996. He finished tied for fourth in 1995. He also qualified for the 2003 U.S. Open.
     
    Boone Valley Golf Club (Augusta, Mo.; 17 players for 1 spot)
     
  • Trevor Dodds is a long-time pro who has played in four U.S. Opens. He is currently playing the Nationwide Tour.
     
  • John Kelly of St. Louis was runner-up at the 2006 U.S. Amateur. He played his college golf at the University of Missouri.
     
    The Members Club at Four Streams (Beallsville, Md.; 28 players for 2 spots)
     
  • James Oh of Lakewood, Calif., is now a 26-year-old professional. He won the 1998 U.S. Junior Amateur, beating Aaron Baddeley in the final.
     
    Old Oaks C.C./Century C.C. (Purchase, N.Y.; 65 golfers for 4 spots)
     
  • Brad Faxon has played in 20 U.S. Opens, but has missed qualifying the last three years.
     
  • Austin Eaton III of North Sutton, N.H., is looking to play in his first U.S. Open. He is the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.
     
  • Cody Paladino, 19, of Kensington, Conn., was the runner-up at the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship.
     
    OSU Scarlet G.C./Brookside Golf and Country Club (Columbus, Ohio; 144 players for 22 spots)
     
  • The father-son combination of Jay Haas and Bill Haas are among those in this field. Jay has played in 27 U.S. Opens with his best finish a tie for fourth in 1995 at Shinnecock Hills. Bill has played in two U.S. Opens ' 2003 and 2004, where they both qualified.
     
  • Another father-son combination in the field is Bob and Kevin Tway. Bob is a past PGA Championship winner. Kevin, his son, won the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur.
     
  • Sam Saunders of Orlando, Fla., will attempt to qualify for his first U.S. Open. His grandfather is Arnold Palmer. The 20-year-old Saunders is on the golf team at Clemson University.
     
  • Davis Love III has a string of 17 consecutive U.S. Opens on the line. He has played in 19 U.S. Opens overall.
     
  • Derek Fathauer, of Jensen Beach, Fla., is trying to earn a spot at this Columbus site while his brother, Daryl, is playing at the second Columbus site.
     
  • David Duval is trying to earn a spot in the U.S. Open field after not qualifying in 2007. Duval has played in 14 U.S. Opens. He finished tied for 16th in 2006 at Winged Foot.
     
    Colonial Country Club and Chickasaw Country Club (Cordova, Tenn.; 100 players for 13 spots)
     
  • Paul Goydos will be one of 90 professionals in this field hoping for a trip to the upcoming U.S. Open. Goydos was runner-up at the recent Players Championship, losing in a playoff to Sergio Garcia.
     
  • Stephen Leaney of Australia was runner-up in the 2003 U.S. Open.
     
  • Olin Browne has qualified for 11 U.S. Opens, including the last six in a row. He was among the early leaders in 2005 at Pinehurst when he had a 67 in the first round.
     
  • Dick Mast is the oldest of all the golfers in sectional qualifying, at age 57. He has played in six U.S. Opens; the most recent in 1998.
     
  • Jamie Lovemark, 20, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., decided to come to Tennessee for sectional qualifying rather than staying in California (Lake Merced in Day City). He is a top golfer at the University of Southern California. He was a member of the 2007 USA Walker Cup team. He lives near Torrey Pines.
     
    Shadow Hawk Golf Club (Richmond, Texas; 29 players for 2 spots)
     
  • Steve Elkington is one of 19 pros playing at Shadow Hawk Golf Club. He has played in 12 U.S. Opens.
     
  • Corey Whitsett, 16, of Houston, is the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion.
     
    Emerald Valley Golf Club (Creswell, Ore.; 27 players for 2 spot)
     
  • Dan Whitaker of Cle Elum, Wash., was the runner-up at the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
     
  • Nick Taylor, a 20-year-old from Canada, was a quarterfinalist at the 2007 U.S. Amateur, where he lost to eventual champion Colt Knost.
     
    Springfield Country Club (Columbus, Ohio; 73 players for 5 spots)
     
  • Tom Spencer of Hillsborough, Calif., is an amateur who is also a credentialed member of the media for the upcoming U.S. Open. He does sports radio reports in the San Francisco area.
     
  • Daryl Fathauer, of Jensen Beach, Fla., is trying to earn a spot at this Columbus site while his brother, Derek, is playing at the other Columbus site.
     
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    Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

    By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

    After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

     There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.



    It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

    It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

    “The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

    In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.



    Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

    Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

    “You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

    Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.



    Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

    If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

    For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

    Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.



    Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

    While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

    When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

    Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.



    After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

    The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

    That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

    The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

    While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.



    Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

    Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

    “We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

    The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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    Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

    John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

    That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

    Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

    Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.


    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

    Nathaniel Crosby at the 1983 Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. Getty Images

    Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

    The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

    Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

    "I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

    Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

    Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

    Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.