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Jobe trying to blaze path to U.S. Open

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brandt Jobe isn’t showing any signs of cooling off.

One day after finishing in a share of second at the Memorial Tournament, Jobe opened with a 10-under 62 at The Lakes Country Club in the first half of Monday’s 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier.

And here’s the really interesting part: It could have been a lot better.

Jobe lipped out four putts and left his final one on the edge or else he could have put up a sub-60 number. He wouldn’t have been the first to do so in sectional qualifying, as Shigeki Maruyama posted a 58 at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., in 2000.

“When you get going good, you kind of have to take advantage of it,” Jobe said in between rounds. “I’ve got 18 more holes to go. Just trying to stay out of my way and hit a few good shots, make some putts and finish this thing up. … I just hope I have enough juice left in me.”

Jobe’s afternoon round will take place at the more difficult Brookside Country Club, where PGA Tour professionals Brett Wetterich and Robert Garrigus posted the best rounds of the morning draw with a pair of 5-under 67s.

There are 120 players competing for 16 spots in next week’s U.S. Open at the Columbus sectional.

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