Memorial delays could affect U.S. Open qualifiers


DUBLIN, Ohio – Already playing catch up following a series of weather-related delays on Friday, officials at the Memorial were locked in a race against another approaching storm front.

On Friday, PGA Tour officials said they were confident they could complete the tournament as scheduled, but if the forecast holds, and storms last through Sunday morning, the possibility looms that play could be pushed into Monday, which could complicate plans for many players heading to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.

A spokesman for the USGA said the association is monitoring the situation and has been in touch with the Tour. Although it’s too early to make a definitive plan, during similar weather delays at the Memorial in recent years officials have made contingency plans to play the Columbus, Ohio, qualifier on Tuesday.

Fifty-eight players in the Memorial field are scheduled to play in one of the 36-hole qualifiers on Monday. Thirty-four of the 49 players signed up for the Columbus qualifier made the cut at Muirfield Village.

The bigger concern could be for those players signed up at one of the other qualifying sites, which would be played on Monday regardless of when the Memorial finished.

Four players are scheduled to play the qualifier at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club (about an hour west of Muirfield Village), two were headed to the Memphis qualifier (including Brandt Jobe who made the cut) and three are in the field at the qualifier in Dallas on Monday (including Jordan Spieth and Justin Leonard who also made the weekend at Jack’s place).