U.S. Open sectional qualifying results

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 6, 2017, 1:25 pm

U.S. Open sectional qualifying is underway. Twelve 36-hole sectional qualifiers are being contested, with two international sites, in Japan and England, and 10 more in the U.S. For local qualifying results, click here.

The process began with 9,485 players attempting to qualify for the Erin Hills Golf Course event this summer.

The U.S. Open will be held June 15-18 in Erin, Wis.

(a) amateur

June 5, 2017
Tacoma Country & Golf Club
Lakewood, Wash.

Derek Barron (-7) 66-69=135
Jordan Niebrugge (-2) 73-67=140
Max Greyserman (-2) 72-68=140
Daniel Miernicki (-1) 73-68=141
Alt 1-Jeff Rein (-1) 70-71=141
Alt 2-Hugo Leon (-1) 69-72=141

June 5, 2017
Big Canyon Country Club/Newport Beach Country Club
Newport Beach, Calif,

John Oda (a) (-11) 64-68=132
Mason Andersen (a) (-9) 64-70=134
Stewart Hagestad (a) (-8) 67-68=135
Kevin Dougherty (-7) 64-72=136
Sahith Theegala (a) (-7) 71-65=136
Cameron Champ (a) (-6) 63-74=137
Alt 1-Brandon Wu (a) (-6) 66-71=137
Alt 2-Gregor Main (-5) 69-69=138

June 5, 2017
Lakewood Country Club
Dallas, Texas

Roman Robledo (-13) 63-66=129
Nick Flanagan (-11) 68-63=131
Walker Lee (a) (-10) 65-67=132
Alt 1-Ryan Palmer (-7) 67-68=135
Alt 2-Edward Loar (-7) 72-63=135

June 5, 2017
Germantown Country Club/Ridgeway Country Club
Memphis, Tenn.

Steve Stricker (-10) 67-65=132
Andres Romero (-9) 67-66=133
Troy Merritt (-9) 67-66=133
Chez Reavie (-9) 67-66=133
Harris English (-9) 65-68=133
Garrett Osborn (-9) 65-68=133
Trey Mullinax (-8) 68-66=134
Jonathan Randolph (-7) 68-67=135
Xander Schauffele (-7) 64-71=135
Alt 1-Meen Whee Kim (-7) 68-67=135
Alt 2-Scott Brown (-7) 66-69=135

June 5, 2017
Brookside Golf & Country Club/The Laks Golf & Country Club
Columbus, Ohio

J.T. Poston (-12) 66-66=132
Jason Kokrak (-11)69-64=133
Bud Cauley (-11) 63-70=133
Martin Laird (-10) 67-67=134
Keegan Bradley (-1) 65-69=134
Stewart Cink (-10) 68-66=134
Jamaie Lovemark (-10) 64-70=134
Bryson DeChambeau (-9) 69-66=135
Cheng-Tsung Pan (-9) 65-70=135
David Lingmerth (-9) 66-69=135
Ted Potter Jr. (-9) 65-70=135
Michael Putnam (-8) 70-66=136
Peter Uihlein (-8) 68-68=136
Scottie Scheffler (a) (-8) 66-70=136
Talor Gooch (-8) 67-69=136
Alt 1-Michael Putnam (-8) 70-66=136
Alt 2-Johnson Wagner (-7) 64-73=137

June 5, 2017
Springfield Country Club
Springfield, Ohio

Corey Conners (-12) 61-67=128
Brian Stuard (-9) 66-65=131
Brice Garnett (-8) 66-66=132
Ryan Brehm (-7) 70-63=133
Alt 1-Tyler Light (-6) 66-68=134
Alt 2-Doug Ghim (a) (-6) 69-65=134

June 5, 2017
Hawks Ridge Golf Club
Ball Ground, Ga.

Stephan Jaeger (-7) 67-70=137
Alex Smalley (a) (-7) 68-69=137
Alt 1-Davis Love IV (a) (-6) 67-71=138
Alt 2-J.T. Griffin (-6) 66-72=138

June 5, 2017
Canoe Brook Country Club (North and South courses)
Summit, N.J.

Daniel Chopra (-11) 66-65=131
Christopher Crawford (a) (-8) 66-68=134
Andy Pope (-8) 68-66=134
Scott Harvey (a) (-8) 63-71=134
Matthew Campbell (-7) 65-70=135
Alt 1-Roberto Diaz (-7) 65-70=135
Alt 2-Cameron Wilson (-6) 71-65=136

June 5, 2017
Jupiter Hills Club
Tequesta, Fla.

Jack Maguire (-3) 72-65=137
Joaquin Niemann (a) (-1) 71-68=139
Tyson Alexander (-1) 72-67=139
Alt 1-Eugene Hong (a) (-12) 69-70=139
Alt 2-Tim Wilkinson (+1) 67-74=141

June 5, 2017
Woodmont Country Club
Rockville, Md.

Sam Ryder (-11) 62-71=133
Kyle Thompson (-7) 68-69=137
Ben Kohles (-6) 70-68=138
Alt 1-T.J. Howe (-4) 71-69=140
Alt 2-Lanto Griffin (-4) 73-67=140

May 29, 2017
Walton Heath Golf Club
Surrrey, England

Aaron Rai, (-14) 66-64=130
Haotong Li, (-13) 67-64=131
Alexander Levy, (-12) 63-69=132
Richie Ramsay, (-12) 66-66=132
Oliver Bekker, (-11) 67-67=133
Joel Stalter, (-11) 68-65=133
Bradley Dredge, (-11) 62-71=133
Eddie Pepperell, (-11) 67-66=133
Brandon Stone, (-10) 68-66=134
George Coetzee, (-10) 64-70=134
Andrew Johnston, (-10) 68-66=134
Paul Dunne, (-9) 67-68=135
Matt Wallace, (-9) 67-68=135
Thomas Aiken, (-9) 68-67=135
Wade Ormsby, (-9) 66-69=135
Alt 1-Gregory Bourdy (-9) 71-64=135
Alt 2-Callum Shinkwin (-9) 65-70=135

May 22, 2017
Ono Golf Club
Ono City, Japan

Satoshi Kodaira, (-11) 64-69=133
Yusaku Miyazato, (-7) 66-71=137
Chan Kim, (-7) 69-68=137
Shugo Imahira, (-7) 68-69=137 
Alt 1-Shungjae Im (-7) 68-69=137
Alt 2-Shintaro Kobayashi (-7) 70-67=137

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Wise wins first Tour title at AT&T Byron Nelson

By Nick MentaMay 21, 2018, 1:22 am

On the strength of a final-round 65, 21-year-old Aaron Wise broke through for his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, taking the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest. Here's how Wise beat the field and darkness following a lengthy rain delay:

Leaderboard: Wise (-23), Leishman (-20), Branden Grace (-19), J.J. Spaun (-19), Keith Mitchell (-19)

What it means: This is Wise’s first PGA Tour win in just his 18th start as a member. Tied with Leishman to start the final round, Wise raced ahead with six birdies in a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 4-10 and never looked back. He'd make eight straight pars on his way into the clubhouse and the winner's circle. The 2016 NCAA Division I individual champion just locked up Tour status through 2019-20 season and guaranteed himself a spot in the PGA Championship.

Best of the rest: Leishman reached 20 under par but just couldn’t keep pace with Wise. This is his second runner-up of the season, following a solo second in the CJ Cup in October.

Round of the day: Grace carded a 62 – where have I heard that before? – with eight birdies, an eagle and a bogey to end up tied for third, his best finish of the season on Tour.

Biggest disappointment: Adam Scott looked as though he had done enough to qualify for the U.S. Open via the Official World Golf Ranking when he walked off the golf course. Unfortunately, minutes later, he’d drop from a four-way tie for sixth into a three-way tie for ninth, narrowly missing out on this week's OWGR cutoff.

Break of the day: Wise could very well have found the hazard off the tee at No. 9 if not for a well-placed sprinkler head. Rather than drop a shot, he took advantage of his good fortune and poured in another birdie putt to extend his lead.

Quote of the day: "It's a dream come true to win this one." - Wise

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Otaegui wins Belgian Knockout by two

By Associated PressMay 21, 2018, 1:20 am

ANTWERP, Belgium – Adrian Otaegui beat Benjamin Hebert by two shots in the final of the Belgian Knockout to win his second European Tour title.

The hybrid format opened with two rounds of stroke play on Thursday and Friday, before the leading 64 players competed in nine-hole knockout stroke play matches.

Otaegui and Hebert both finished three shots off the lead at 5 under after the first two days and worked their way through five matches on the weekend to set up Sunday's final at the Rinkven International Golf Club.

Full-field scores from the Belgian Knockout

''I'm very happy, very relaxed now after the last nine holes against Ben that were very tight,'' Otaegui said. ''I'm just very proud about my week.

''I just tried to play against myself. Obviously your opponent is just next to you but I just tried to focus on my game.''

Scotland's David Drysdale beat James Heath of England by one shot in the playoff for third spot.

Herbet said he was ''just a little short this week.''

''Adrian is a very good player, especially in this kind of format,'' he said. ''He's already won one tournament in match play last year. This format is fun, it puts you under pressure almost every hole because everything can happen. I think it's a great idea.''

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Spieth looking forward to Colonial after T-21

By Will GrayMay 21, 2018, 1:10 am

DALLAS – Jordan Spieth finally got a few putts to drop at the AT&T Byron Nelson, but after a frustrating week he’s looking forward to heading across town.

Spieth shot a 4-under 67 amid soggy conditions at Trinity Forest Golf Club, his lowest score of the week but one that still left him in a tie for 21st at 11 under par. His frustrations had a common theme throughout the week, as he ranked seventh among the field in strokes gained: tee to green but 72nd in strokes gained: putting.

“Felt like I played better than I scored,” Spieth said. “Just burned the edges or barely missed, and I misread a lot of putts, too. Overall just struggled a little bit matching line and speed and kind of getting it all together out here.”

Full-field scores from the AT&T Byron Nelson

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Spieth remains in search of his first win since The Open in July, but his results in the interim haven’t exactly been a struggle. This marks his seventh top-25 finish in his last nine starts as an individual.

Spieth is in the midst of a busy part of his schedule, and will play his third of four events in a row next week at the Fort Worth Invitational. With runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2017 sandwiched around a victory there two years ago, Spieth did little to contain his excitement for a return to venerable Colonial Country Club.

“It’s one of those courses where whether I have my A game or not, I seem to find my way into contention, which is really cool,” Spieth said. “It’s one of four or five places I go into, no matter where the game is at, I’m excited to get started and feel like I have a chance to win.”

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Razorbacks, Fassi scrambling to recover in NCAAs

By Ryan LavnerMay 21, 2018, 12:56 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – We’re not even halfway through this NCAA Championship, and the top women’s player in the country is already worn out.

Indeed, it’s been three rounds of hard work for Maria Fassi as she tries to claw herself and second-ranked Arkansas back into contention at Karsten Creek.

“I haven’t been able to create momentum of any kind,” she said after a third-round 73 left her at 16-over 232, 23 shots off the individual lead and outside the top 90. “I’ve been fighting every single hole. It’s just been exhausting.”

It’s been that way for her teammates, too.

Arkansas entered nationals as one of the pre-tournament favorites. The Razorbacks won the SEC Championship for the first time. They won seven events, including a regional title in which they shot 26 under par on the University of Texas’ home course. They were comfortable knowing that they not only had Fassi, the top-ranked player and a six-time winner this season, but also a strong supporting cast that includes Baylor transfer Dylan Kim and Alana Uriell.

And then the first two rounds happened. The Razorbacks had shot a team score in the 300s just once all season, but they posted two in a row here at Karsten Creek (308-300).

Fassi’s play has been even more of a mystery. In the opening round she shot 81 – with two birdies. She followed it up with a second-round 78, then birdied her last two holes just to shoot 73 on Sunday. She thought she had a smart game plan – taking fewer drivers, putting the ball in play on arguably the most difficult college course in the country – and it just hasn’t worked out.

“I just need to stay really patient, be true to myself and keep fighting,” she said. “I know what I’m capable of doing, and if I play my game it’s going to be plenty good.”

So what’s been the conversation among teammates the past two nights?

“It involved a lot of cuss words,” Fassi said. “We know this is not Arkansas golf. We know this is not the game that we play.”

The top-15 cut line should have been an afterthought for a team as talented as the Razorbacks, and yet they needed a 1-over 289 just to play Monday’s fourth round of stroke-play qualifying.

“Backs against the wall, they had to go get it done and they did an awesome job,” said Arkansas coach Shauna Taylor. “In our locker room we call it ‘Do the Possible.’ It’s doing what you’re capable of doing.”

And now the Razorbacks sit in 11th place, just six shots off the top-8 cut after their two worst rounds all season. They still have a chance to advance.

“You can’t panic,” Taylor said. “We’ve played great golf all year. We’ve put ourselves in a hole and it was time to go to work and dig yourselves out of it.”