Web.com Tour's Stegmaier shoots 67 in Open qualifier in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a field filled with PGA Tour stars past and present, a little-known Web.com Tour player was the highlight of the morning round at central Ohio’s U.S. Open sectional qualifier.

Brett Stegmaier, a 30-year-old second-year player on the secondary circuit, was one of two entrants to shoot 67 at Brookside Golf & Country Club, one of two courses used for the 36-hole qualifier.

Stegmaier, who is currently 25th on the Web.com Tour money list and who has never played the U.S. Open, joined Michael Putnam and Justin Thomas, who shot his 67 at Scioto Country Club, which is a par 70, atop the early leaderboard.

Luke Guthrie, who tied for eighth at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday for his first top-10 finish since October, and Kyle Reifers carded 68s in their morning rounds at Scioto; while Seung Yul Noh, Danny Lee and Paul Casey, who tied for 13th place at Muirfield Village after opening with rounds of 66, posted their 68s at Brookside.

Erik Compton posted a first-round 69 at Scioto and is among a group of seven players tied for ninth.