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2018 U.S. Open sectional results: Who's in, who's out

By Will GrayJune 5, 2018, 1:52 am

With the U.S. Open only one week away, the field for Shinnecock Hills is starting to take shape. See who's in and who's out as the USGA conducts 12 different 36-hole sectional qualifiers across the U.S., England and Japan to determine the final playing spots in the season's second major:

Japan Memorial Golf Club in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan (33 players for three spots on May 21)

Who's in: Shota Akiyoshi (-8), David Bransdon (-7), Wenchong Liang (-6)

Who's out: Hideto Tanihara (-5), Yuta Ikeda (-4), Ryo Ishikawa (-3), Hiroyuki Fujita (WD)

Recap: Akiyoshi took medalist honors days before qualifying for The Open with his win at the Mizuno Open. Australia's Bransdon and China's Liang took the other two spots, while several notable Japanese pros who have made appearances on the PGA Tour in recent months went home empty-handed.


Walton Heath GC in Surrey, England (120 players for 14 spots)

Who's in: Andrew "Beef" Johnston (-10), James Morrison (-10), Richie Ramsay (-9), Matthew Southgate (-9), James Morrison (-8), Ryan Fox (-8), Tom Lewis (-7), Matthew Wallace (-7), Matthieu Pavon (-7), Jason Scrivener (-7), Dean Burmester (-7), Kristoffer Reitan (a) (-6), Thorbjorn Olesen (-6), Paul Waring (-5)

Who's out: Sam Horsfield (-4), Padraig Harrington (-4), Lee Westwood (-2), Edoardo Molinari (-1), Paul Dunne (-1), Chase Koepka (+2), Thomas Pieters (WD)

Recap: Johnston is sure to be a crowd favorite after sharing co-medalist honors at Walton Heath, advancing to the U.S. Open for the third consecutive year. Olesen held on to snag one of the final berths the day after winning the Italian Open, while Waring was the sole survivor of a 9-for-1 playoff for the final spot that also included Alexander Bjork, Lee Slattery and Nacho Elvira.


Canoe Brook CC in Summit, N.J. (81 players for five spots)

Who's in: Cameron Wilson (-7), Calum Hill (-7), Mike Miller (-6), Stewart Hagestad (a) (-5), Theo Humphrey (a) (-5)

Who's out: Wyndham Clark (-4), Roberto Diaz (-2), Abraham Ancer (-1), Rob Oppenheim (-1), Johnson Wagner (+3)

Recap: Wilson hasn't made much noise since winning the NCAA individual title as a Stanford senior in 2014, but he's now headed to Shinnecock Hills after rounds of 69-66. The last two spots went to Hagestad, the 2016 mid-amateur champ who was low amateur at the 2017 Masters, and Humphrey, who earned SEC Player of the Year honors last month while at Vanderbilt.


Brookside CC and The Lakes CC in Columbus, Ohio (120 players for 14 spots)

Who's in: Shane Lowry (-9), Sungjae Im (-9), Keegan Bradley (-8), Brian Gay (-8), Michael Putnam (-7), Shubankhar Sharma (-7), Russell Knox (-7), Will Zalatoris (-7), Patrick Rodgers (-7), Harold Varner III (-6), Adam Scott (-6), Ryan Lumsden (a) (-6), Ollie Schniederjans (-6), Aaron Baddeley (-6)

Who's out: Patton Kizzire (-5), Stewart Cink (-5), Nick Watney (-5), David Lingmerth (-4), Ryan Moore (-1), Scottie Scheffler (+3), Vijay Singh (WD), Joaquin Niemann (WD)

Recap: Scott is the most notable qualifier, having earned a spot in his 68th major by the slimmest of margins to extend a streak that dates back to the 2001 U.S. Open. Lowry nearly won the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont and will return after sharing co-medalist honors, while Bradley headlines the remaining qualifiers. Major champs Cink and Singh are among the group that missed out in the strongest domestic field of the day.


The Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla. (48 players for three spots)

Who's in: Luis Gagne (a) (-6), Richy Werenski (-4), Tyler Strafaci (a) (-3)

Who's out: Cristian DiMarco (a) (-3), Jack Maguire (E), Robert Allenby (+1), Cameron Tringale (+7)

Recap: Gagne was the beneficiary of a rare coin flip after he and his competitor both left before a playoff for the final spot at the local stage. He made the most of his opportunity, while the loser (DiMarco) eventually got in as an alternate and appeared on his way to qualifying after making a hole-in-one during the opening round, but he ultimately came up short in a 6-for-1 playoff.


Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga. (43 players for three spots)

Who's in: Garrett Rank (a) (-2), Michael Hebert (-2), Roberto Castro (-1)

Who's out: Gene Sauers (+1), Stephan Jaeger (+1), Tadd Fujikawa (+13)

Recap: Rank mixes golf with a job as an NHL referee, and the Canadian is headed to a major after consecutive rounds of 71. Castro made the Tour Championship in 2016 and he won a 2-for-1 playoff for the final spot over amateur Bryce Hendrix.


Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. (53 players for four spots)

Who's in: Sebastian Munoz (-8), Tim Wilkinson (-6), Cole Miller (a) (-5), Mickey DeMorat (a) (-3)

Who's out: Billy Hurley III (-3), Steve Wheatcroft (-2), Edward Loar (+1), Jason Gore (+2)

Recap: Munoz played on the PGA Tour last year, and the Colombian beat the field by two shots thanks in large part to an opening-round 67. DeMorat earned the final berth in a 3-for-1 playoff that included Tour veteran Hurley as well as Chase Wright, who earned first alternate honors while Hurley was second alternate.


Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio (65 players for five spots)

Who's in: Will Grimmer (a) (-5), Dylan Meyer (-4), Brian Stuard (-3), Timothy Wiseman (a) (-2), David Gazzolo (-2)

Who's out: Corey Conners (-2), Doc Redman (+11), James Hahn (WD), Zac Blair (WD)

Recap: Grimmer, who plays for Ohio State and once shot 59 at Pinehurst during the North & South Amateur, took medalist honors. Meyer will make his pro debut at Shinnecock after a standout career at the University of Illinois, while Stuard qualified out of the Springfield sectional for the fourth time since 2013.


Shadow Hawk GC in Richmond, Texas (52 players for three spots)

Who's in: Jacob Bergeron (a) (-11), Philip Barbaree (a) (-11), Chris Naegel (-10)

Who's out: Cameron Champ (-5), Steven Bowditch (WD), Angel Cabrera (WD), Carlos Ortiz (WD)

Recap: Barbaree won the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, and he shared co-medalist honors after closing with a 7-under 65. Amateurs dominated the Texas sectional, with seven among the top 10 players at 7 under or better including two of the three qualifiers. Cabrera, the 2007 U.S. Open champ, will miss for the first time since 1999.


Ridgeway CC and Colonial CC in Memphis, Tenn. (117 players for 11 spots)

Who's in: Sam Burns (-15), Steve Stricker (-10), Mackenzie Hughes (-10), Braden Thornberry (a) (-9), Lanto Griffin (-9), Scott Stallings (-8), Tyler Duncan (-8), Sebastian Vazquez (-8), Aaron Wise (-7), Matt Jones (-7), Eric Axley (-7)

Who's out: Ben Crane (-7), David Hearn (-7), Retief Goosen (-4), Geoff Ogilvy (-1), Norman Xiong (a) (-1), Hunter Mahan (+10)

Recap: Perhaps the most eventful sectional of the day included an 11-for-3 playoff for the final spots, one that saw Axley hole out for eagle in overtime and also saw Wise punch his ticket to Shinnecock weeks after earning his maiden PGA Tour event. Burns continues a stellar year by dusting a strong field, while Stricker qualified in Memphis for the second straight year.


Lake Merced GC and The Olympic Club in Daly City, Calif. (86 players for five spots)

Who's in: Chun An Yu (a) (-8), Shintaro Ban (a) (-7), Rhett Rasmussen (a) (-6), Franklin Huang (a) (-6), Sung Joon Park (-6)

Who's out: Max Homa (-4), Collin Morikawa (a) (-2), Byron Meth (+2), Justin Suh (a) (+3)

Recap: This was another sectional dominated by players who won't earn a dime next week, with four of the five spots going to amateurs. Leading the pack was Yu, who plays for Arizona State, while Ban just wrapped up his senior season at UNLV.


Portland GC in Portland, Ore. (81 players for four spots)

Who's in: Lucas Herbert (-12), Christopher Babcock (-9), Sulman Raza (a) (-5), Michael Block (-5)

Who's out: Hunter Stewart (-3), Andres Gonzales (+1), Mike Weir (+6), Gipper Finau (+19), Charlie Beljan (WD)

Recap: The Aussie Herbert took top honors with rounds of 66-64, while Raza was the lone amateur to make it out of the final sectional to finish. One year after sinking the winning putt to help Oregon clinch a national title, he'll make a trip across the country to make his U.S. Open debut on Long Island.

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Furyk: Not a 'good idea' to team Tiger, Phil at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerJune 25, 2018, 1:12 pm

Those hoping for another Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson partnership at the Ryder Cup might be sorely disappointed.

U.S. captain Jim Furyk all but slammed the door on the reboot Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Speaking at the CVS Health Charity Classic, Furyk laughed off the idea and said that it wouldn’t be a “good idea” for him to team them again.

“It worked out so well the first time,” he said, chuckling, referring to the 2004 matches, where captain Hal Sutton paired the sport’s two biggest stars and watched them go 0-2 en route to a lopsided team defeat at home.

Colin Montgomerie, who was also on the set and a member of that ’04 European squad, chimed in: “It was a great decision for Europe!”

Woods and Mickelson’s relationship has improved in recent years, since they were part of the task force that morphed into the Ryder Cup committee. They even played a practice round together this year at the Masters. But Furyk seemed to suggest even that wouldn’t be enough to put them together again in Paris.

“I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”

Both Mickelson and Woods are outside the top 8 automatic qualifiers. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.

Woods has already been named a vice captain for this year’s matches, though Furyk said that Woods had broached the topic of being a playing vice captain as early as January. Furyk added that he hasn’t discussed what Woods would need to show him over the course of the year to be considered for a captain’s pick.

“He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”

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Grandma hopes sick JT has some 's***-kicking antibiotics'

By Grill Room TeamJune 25, 2018, 1:08 pm

Justin Thomas tied for 56th at the Travelers Championship, still recovering from a brutal test at the U.S. Open and, apparently, battling an illness.

Thomas is next competing at this week's French Open, along with the likes of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia and a host of potential Ryder Cup foes.

Count his grandmother as one who is pulling – really, really pulling – for his physical recovery.



Grandmothers are the best. And as you can make out from the top of the text exchange, she finally figured out what was on JT’s pants in Round 1 at Shinnecock Hills.

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What's in the bag: Travelers champion Watson

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:22 pm

Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship for a third time in his career. Here's a look inside his bag:

Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft

Fairway wood:  Ping G (13.2 degrees), with Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft

Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 55 degrees, 63 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Travelers purse payout: Bubba, Cink close low, earn big

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2018, 12:06 pm

Bubba Watson shot 63 on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship. He took home the trophy, but he wasn't the only player to earn a big payday. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC River Highlands:

1 Bubba Watson -17 $1,260,000
T2 Stewart Cink -14 $462,000
T2 Beau Hossler -14 $462,000
T2 J.B. Holmes -14 $462,000
T2 Paul Casey -14 $462,000
T6 Kevin Tway -13 $234,500
T6 Brian Harman -13 $234,500
T6 Russell Henley -13 $234,500
T9 Chase Seiffert -12 $189,000
T9 Bryson DeChambeau -12 $189,000
T9 Anirban Lahiri -12 $189,000
T12 Rory McIlroy -11 $147,000
T12 Ryan Blaum -11 $147,000
T12 Jason Day -11 $147,000
T15 Charley Hoffman -10 $115,500
T15 Patrick Cantlay -10 $115,500
T15 Danny Lee -10 $115,500
T15 Kyle Stanley -10 $115,500
T19 Brooks Koepka -9 $79,000
T19 Fabian Gomez -9 $79,000
T19 David Lingmerth -9 $79,000
T19 Zach Johnson -9 $79,000
T19 Emiliano Grillo -9 $79,000
T19 Matt Jones -9 $79,000
T19 Jamie Lovemark -9 $79,000
T26 Sam Ryder -8 $49,700
T26 Si Woo Kim -8 $49,700
T26 Richy Werenski -8 $49,700
T26 Blayne Barber -8 $49,700
T26 Steve Marino -8 $49,700
T26 Peter Malnati -8 $49,700
T26 Patrick Rodgers -8 $49,700
T33 Alex Cejka -7 $39,550
T33 Tyler Duncan -7 $39,550
T33 Kevin Streelman -7 $39,550
T36 Seamus Power -6 $35,175
T36 James Hahn -6 $35,175
T38 Scott Stallings -5 $30,800
T38 Russell Knox -5 $30,800
T38 Brandon Harkins -5 $30,800
T38 Lanto Griffin -5 $30,800
T42 Adam Hadwin -4 $24,500
T42 J.J. Henry -4 $24,500
T42 Jordan Spieth -4 $24,500
T42 Mackenzie Hughes -4 $24,500
T42 Brett Stegmaier -4 $24,500
T47 Billy Hurley III -3 $17,578
T47 Vaughn Taylor -3 $17,578
T47 Sam Saunders -3 $17,578
T47 Kelly Kraft -3 $17,578
T47 Keegan Bradley -3 $17,578
T47 J.J. Spaun -3 $17,578
T47 Wesley Bryan -3 $17,578
T47 Denny McCarthy -3 $17,578
T47 Scott Brown -3 $17,578
T56 Ryan Armour -2 $15,680
T56 Keith Mitchell -2 $15,680
T56 Ken Duke -2 $15,680
T56 Justin Thomas -2 $15,680
T56 Hunter Mahan -2 $15,680
T61 John Huh -1 $14,910
T61 Martin Laird -1 $14,910
T61 Steve Wheatcroft -1 $14,910
T61 James Driscoll -1 $14,910
T61 Tom Lovelady -1 $14,910
T61 Nick Hardy -1 $14,910
T67 Daniel Berger E $14,350
T67 Trey Mullinax E $14,350
T69 Cameron Tringale 1 $14,000
T69 Kyle Thompson 1 $14,000
T69 Ethan Tracy 1 $14,000
T72 Dominic Bozzelli 2 $13,650
T72 Martin Flores 2 $13,650
74 Padraig Harrington 4 $13,440