MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Following Monday’s 36-hole qualifier, the final chance for players to earn a spot into next week’s U.S. Open is by finishing inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday.
Two players in this week’s field at the FedEx St. Jude Classic will watch that list carefully. No. 62 Ryan Palmer and No. 64 Gary Woodland are both playing the Memphis stop and can crack the top 60 with decent finishes.
According to various projections, Palmer needs to finish inside the top 10 and Woodland needs to be inside the top 6 to earn a trip to Oakmont.
Because of the world ranking divisors, Palmer may have cracked the top 60 had he not played the St. Jude Classic, but he said he never considered skipping the event.
“I wouldn’t have done that. This course is too good of a fit for me and I’ve had success here, I’ll never not play to move up,” said Palmer, who bogeyed his final hole on Monday to narrowly miss earning his place at Oakmont.
Woodland also missed qualifying for the Open on Monday, but both players said they wouldn’t focus on the opportunity. In fact, it will be the opposite for Palmer.
“It’s probably a blessing that I’m thinking I’m going to miss [the U.S. Open] by one so I’m not thinking about if I’m going to be playing next week,” Palmer said.