If you ever question how good the pros really are, just ask a few of the junior golfers atop the current Polo Junior Golf Rankings who came up short in U.S. Open sectional qualifying this past Monday.
Just days prior to teeing it up again on the PGA Tour, top ranked junior Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas, shot 68-72 in his bid to qualify for this year's U.S. Open. Spieth's 36-hole total of 140 left him four shots off the pace for the final qualifying spot.
Third-ranked junior Anthony Paolucci, Del Mar, Calif., played in the superstar-laden Columbus, Ohio sectional. Paolucci fired 68-71 and missed out on Pebble Beach by two shots. Other players who competed in the Columbus sectional included PGA stars Davis Love III, Bo Van Pelt, Rickie Fowler, and Justin Rose, among many others. Rose and Fowler also failed to qualify.
Patrick Cantlay, Los Alamitos, Calif., tried his luck in the Sacramento, Calif. sectional. He too was denied after shooting rounds of 69 and 73 to miss the U.S. Open by five shots.
Other top juniors to make it to sectional qualifying were Emiliano Grillo, Bradenton, Fla., Cameron Wilson, Rowayton, Conn., and Patrick Rodgers, Avon, Ind. In the Hobe Sound, Fla. sectional, Grillo shot 75-73, nine shots short of qualifying. Wilson carded 69-79 in the Summit, N.J. sectional and failed to qualify by seven shots. Rodgers' impressive 36-hole total of 137 in the St. Louis sectional left him five shots shy of the U.S. Open.
Sectional qualifying results