Donald among 5 playoff survivors for U.S. Open spot

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POWELL, Ohio –  Luke Donald, Jason Allred, Patrick Rodgers, Richard  Schembechler II and Scottie Scheffler earned the last five spots for the U.S. Open at the Columbus sectional Tuesday morning in a six-way playoff at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club.

Daniel Summerhays missed a 5-foot par putt on the second playoff hole. He still has a good chance to get in as the first alternate from one of the toughest sectional qualifiers.

The drama was delayed an extra day after play was halted for about two hours on Monday because of storms.

All six players made par on No. 1. Rodgers and Allred birdied No. 2 to get in, while Donald left his birdie putt inches short and had to wait around as the other threesome played the hole.

The former world No. 1 got in with Schembechler and Scheffler when Summerhays pushed his par putt to the right.

“Glad it’s all over,” said Donald, who qualified for the second year in a row. “Looking forward to getting to Oakmont.”


U.S. Open sectional qualifying results


Carlos Ortiz, who missed nine of his last 11 cuts on Tour, shot 66-66 to lead all the qualifiers on Monday. Bryson DeChambeau, Ethan Tracy, Brendan Steele, Spencer Levin, Wes Short Jr., Kevin Streelman and Jason Kokrak also earned tee times at Oakmont.

“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am,” said Allred, who nearly holed his second shot from 89 yards.

Allred was an alternate for the qualifier, but he got in when Morgan Hoffmann withdrew shortly before his 7:20 a.m. tee time.

“I’m going to have send him a bottle of wine or something,” Allred said.

Scheffler, a freshman at Texas, was the only amateur to make it through the Columbus sectional.

“I felt like I had a good chance,” he said. “I was pretty confident going in, and it worked out well.”

While the six-for-five playoff was taking place on Nos. 1 and 2, there was a six-way playoff for the second-alternate spot on Nos. 10 and 11 between Adam Hadwin, Erik Compton, Seth Fair, Blake Sattler, Zachary Bauchou and Ben Silverman. Ken Duke, Chris Riley, Alex Cjeka and Cameron Tringale were no-shows for the playoff.

It came down to Hadwin and Compton on the second playoff hole. Compton left his 25-foot putt birdie putt inches short on No. 11 and Hadwin drained a 10-footer for birdie.