US Open sectional qualifying results

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 8, 2010, 5:53 pm
2010 U.S. OpenThe 110th U.S. Open takes place at Pebble Beach Golf Links June 17-20 in Pebble Beach, Calif. Lucas Glover defends the 2009 title he captured at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.

Below are the sectional qualifying results. Qualifiers move on to the U.S. Open.

A = Alternate (a) = Amateur

Sacramento, Calif.
June 7, 2010

Erick Justesen - Sacramento, Calif.   65-68-133
(a) Joseph Bramlett - Saratoga, Calif.   65-71-136
Kenny (Yun-Gi) Kim - Korea   69-67-136
(a) Andrew Putnam - University Place, Wash.   72-65-137
A-John Ellis - San Jose, Calif.    70-67-137
A-Dillon Dougherty - Woodland, Calif.   72-65-137

Littleton, Colo.
June 7, 2010

Jason Preeo - Highlands Ranch, Colo.   65-71-136
Stephen Allan - Australia   69-67-136
A-Zenon Brown - Arvada, Colo.   69-68-137
A-Tom Kite - Austin, Texas   69-68-137

Hobe Sound, Fla.
June 7, 2010

Gary Woodland - Topeka, Kan.   67-71-138
(a) Kevin Phelan - St Augustine, Fla.   73-65-138
Travis Hampshire - Tampa, Fla.   72-67-139
A-(a) Kristoffer Shane - Ruskin, Fla.   72-70-142
A-(a) Curtis Thompson - Coral Springs, Fla.   70-72-142

Roswell, Ga.
June 7, 2010

(a) Russell Henley - Macon, Ga.   73-64-137
Mark Silvers - Savannah, Ga.   72-70-142
A-Chris Epperson - Hilton Head Island, S.C.   70-72-142
A-Charles Frost - Charlotte, N.C.   75-70-145

Woodstock, Ill.
June 7, 2010

(a) Bennett Blakeman - Burr Ridge, Ill.   67-71-138
Jerry Smith - Oskaloosa, Iowa   72-67-139
A-(a) Donald Constable - Wayzata, Minn.   69-71-140
A-Corey Pavin - Dallas   70-71-141

Rockville, Md.
June 7, 2010

Jason Gore - Valencia, Calif.   72-64-136
Kent Jones - Albuquerque, N.M.   66-70-136
Daniel Summerhays - Farmington, Utah   70-68-138
Ty Tryon - Orlando, Fla.   64-74-138
Arjun Atwal - India   68-70-138
Craig Barlow - Henderson, Nev.   67-71-138
Steven Wheatcroft - Jacksonville, Fla.   70-69-139
A-Taggart Ridings - Keller, Texas   67-72-139
A-Jeff Brehaut - Los Altos, Calif.   69-70-139

St. Louis
June 7, 2010

(a) Scott Langley - St Louis, Mo.   66-66-132
A-Drew Lethem    Overland Park, Kan.    68-67-135
A-(a) David Lingmerth    Sweden    69-67-136

Summit, N.J.
June 7, 2010

Blaine Peffley - Lebanon, Pa.   68-70-138
Dan McCarthy - Syracuse, N.Y.   70-70-140
Jim Herman - Fl   72-69-141
Jon Curran - Hopkinton, Mass.   71-71-142
A-Parker McLachlin - Waikoloa, Hawaii   73-69-142
A-(a) Beon Yeong Lee - Canada   76-68-144

Columbus, Ohio
June 7, 2010

Eric Axley - Knoxville, Tenn.   64-63-127
Terry Pilkadaris - Australia   66-68-134
Stuart Appleby - Australia   67-67-134
Brendon De Jonge - Matthews, N.C.   69-66-135
Alex Cejka - Las Vegas   66-69-135
Bo Van Pelt - Tulsa, Okla.   69-66-135
Hugo Leon - Tequesta, Fla.   67-68-135
Ben Curtis - Stow, Ohio   69-66-135
Thomas Lehman - Scottsdale, Ariz.   69-66-135
Aaron Baddeley - Australia   69-67-136
(a) Alex Martin - Liberty Twp, Ohio   70-67-137
Davis Love III - Sea Island, Ga.   69-68-137
Harrison Frazar - Dallas   73-64-137
John Mallinger - Long Beach, Calif.   67-70-137
Derek Lamely - Ft Myers, Fla.   68-69-137
A-Rocco Mediate - Naples, Fla.   67-70-137
A-(a)Matt Staunch - Dublin, Ohio   67-71-138

Springfield, Ohio
June 7, 2010

Brian Davis - England   67-64-131
Seung Yul Noh - Korea   70-65-135
Erik Compton - Coral Gables, Fla.   69-66-135
A-Brad Wright - Cambridge, Ohio   67-68-135
A-(a) Joe Jaspers - Huntersville, N.C.   69-67-136

Portland, Ore.
June 7, 2010

Kent Eger - Canada   68-66-134
Matthew Richardson - England   68-69-137
Jason Allred - Scottsdale, Ariz.   69-68-137
A-Jeff Coston - Blaine, Wash.   70-68-138
A-Byron Smith - Palm Desert, Calif.   73-65-138

Memphis, Tenn.
June 7, 2010

(a) Hudson Swafford - Tallahassee, Fla.   67-65-132
Richard Barcelo - Reno, Nev.   66-66-132
Deane Pappas - Winter Garden, Fla.   66-67-133
Mathias Gronberg - Sweden   64-69-133
Paul Goydos - Coto De Caza, Calif.   66-67-133
David Frost - South Africa   66-68-134
(a) Morgan Hoffmann - Wyckoff, N.J.   67-67-134
Shaun Micheel - Memphis, Tenn.   67-67-134
J J Henry - Fort Worth, Texas   69-66-135
Brandt Snedeker - Tenn.   69-66-135
Chris Stroud - Houston   70-66-136
Charles Warren - Greenville, S.C.   67-69-136
A-Scott McCarron - La Quinta, Calif.   69-67-136
A-Jarrod Lyle - Australia   68-68-136

The Woodlands, Texas
June 7, 2010

Bob Estes - Austin, Texas 69-67-136
Robert Gates - The Woodlands, Texas   69-68-137
A-Roland Thatcher - The Woodlands, Texas   68-69-137
A-A J Elgert - Lincoln, Neb.   68-71-139

Surrey, England
May 24, 2010

James Morrison - England   68-65-133
Rafa Echenique - Argentina   69-66-135
Rhys Davies - Wales   66-70-136
Rafael Cabrera-Bello - ESP   70-66-136
Gareth Maybin - NIR   71-65-136
Gary Boyd - England   67-69-136
Rikard Karlberg - Sweden   70-67-137
Jean-Francois Lucquin - France   70-67-137
Gregory Havret - France   68-69-137
Pablo Martin - ESP   68-69-137
Mikko Ilonen - Finland   68-69-137
A-Simon Khan - England   67-70-137
A-François Delamontagne - France   70-68-138

Saitama Pref, Japan
May 24, 2010
Hiroyuki Fujita - Japan   65-64-129
Toru Taniguchi - Japan   69-65-134
Paul Sheehan - Australia   68-69-137
Kaname Yokoo - Japan   69-68-137
A- Azuma Yano - Japan   70-69-139        
A- Shigeki Maryuyama - Japan   70-69-139
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Four players vying for DJ's No. 1 ranking at Open

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 8:41 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Four players have an opportunity to overtake Dustin Johnson for world No. 1 this week.

According to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robinson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm each can grab the top spot in the world ranking.

Thomas’ path is the easiest. He would return to No. 1 with either a win and Johnson finishing worse than solo third, or even a solo runner-up finish as long as Johnson finishes worse than 49th.

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Twenty years after his auspicious performance in The Open, Rose can get to No. 1 for the first time with a victory and Johnson finishing worse than a two-way tie for third.

Kopeka can rise to No. 1 if he wins consecutive majors, assuming that his good friend posts worse than a three-way tie for third.

And Rahm can claim the top spot with a win this week, a Johnson missed cut and a Thomas finish of worse than solo second.   

Johnson’s 15-month reign as world No. 1 ended after The Players. He wasn’t behind Thomas for long, however: After a tie for eighth at the Memorial, Johnson blew away the field in Memphis and then finished third at the U.S. Open to solidify his position at the top.

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Punch shot: Predictions for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 4:00 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – In advance of the 147th Open Championship, writers sound off on burning questions as players ready for a fast and firm test at Carnoustie. Here’s what our writers think about myriad topics:

The Monday morning headline will be …

REX HOGGARD: “Survival.” This one is easy. It always is at Carnoustie, which is widely considered The Open’s most demanding major championship test. Monday’s headline will be that the champion - pick a champion, any one will do - “survived” another dramatic Open. You don’t dominate Carnoustie; you endure.

RYAN LAVNER: “DJ Bashes Way to Victory at Carnoustie.” If somehow a two-win season could be disappointing, it has been for DJ. He’s first in scoring average, birdie average, par-4 scoring, par-5 scoring, strokes gained: tee to green and proximity from the rough. Those last two stats are the most important, especially here at Carnoustie, with these dry conditions. The game’s preeminent long-and-straight driver, there’s a better-than-decent chance he rolls.

MERCER BAGGS: “Rahm Tough: Spaniard charges to Open victory.” Jon Rahm will claim him maiden major title this week by powering his way through the winds and fescue at Carnoustie.

JAY COFFIN: “Thomas wins second major, ascends to world No. 1 again.” Shortly after The Open last year, Thomas rolled through the end of the PGA Tour season. This is the time of year he likes best. Despite a poor Open record the last two years, he’s not remotely concerned. He’s a tad miffed he didn’t win in France two weeks ago and comes to Carnoustie refreshed, with a gameplan, and ready to pounce.

Who or what will be the biggest surprise?

HOGGARD: Style of play. Given Carnoustie’s reputation as a brute, the surprise will be how the champion arrives at his lofty perch. Unlike previous editions at Carnoustie, this week’s dry conditions will promote more aggressive play off the tee and the winner will defy the norm and power his way to victory.

LAVNER: Tiger Woods. This is Woods’ best chance to win a major this year, and here’s believing he contends. His greatest strengths are his iron game and scrambling, and both aspects will be tested to the extreme at Carnoustie, helping separate him from some of the pretenders. With even a little cooperation from his putter, he should be in the mix.

BAGGS: Padraig Harrington. He had a good opening round last week at the Scottish Open and has some good vibes being the 2007 Open champion at Carnoustie. He won’t contend for four rounds, but a few days in the mix would be a nice surprise.

COFFIN: Alex Noren. Perhaps someone ranked 11th in the world shouldn’t be a surprise, but with so much focus on some of the bigger, household names, don’t be surprised when Noren is in contention on Sunday. He hasn’t finished worse than 25th since early May and won two weeks ago in France. He also tied for sixth place last year at Royal Birkdale.

Who or what will be the biggest disappointment?

HOGGARD: Jordan Spieth. Although he was brilliant on his way to victory last year at Royal Birkdale, Spieth is not the same player for this week’s championship, the byproduct of a balky putter that has eroded his confidence. Spieth said giving back the claret jug this week was hard, but his finish will be even tougher.

LAVNER: Weather. This might sound a little sadistic, but one of the unique joys of covering this tournament is to watch the best in the world battle conditions they face only once a year – the bone-chilling cold, the sideways rain, the howling wind. It doesn’t appear as though that’ll happen this year. With only a few hours of light rain expected, and no crazy winds in the forecast, the biggest challenge for these stars will be judging the bounces on the hard, baked-out turf.

BAGGS: Jordan Spieth. The defending champion is still trying to find his winning form and Carnoustie doesn’t seem the place to do that. As much as he says he loves playing in strong winds, there should be enough danger around here to frustrate Spieth into a missed cut.

COFFIN: Rory McIlroy. I hope I’m wrong on this, because the game is better when Rory is in contention at majors. Putting always has been his issue and seemingly always will be. While there isn’t as much of a premium placed on putting this week because of slower greens, he may still have to hit it close. Super close.

What will be the winning score?

HOGGARD: 10 under. The last two Opens played at Carnoustie were won with 7-under and 6-over totals, but this week’s conditions will favor more aggressive play and lower scores. Expect to see plenty of birdies, but the great equalizer will come on Sunday when wind gusts are forecast to reach 25 mph.

LAVNER: 15 under. An Open at Carnoustie has never produced a winner lower than 9 under (Tom Watson in 1975), but never have the conditions been this susceptible to low scores. Sure, the fairway bunkers are still a one-shot penalty, but today’s big hitters can fly them. The thin, wispy rough isn’t much of a deterrent. And the wind isn’t expected to really whip until the final day.

BAGGS: 12 under. We aren’t going to see the same kind of weather we have previously witnessed at Carnoustie, and that’s a shame. Any players who catch relatively benign conditions should be able to go low, as long as they can properly navigate the fairway rollout.

COFFIN: 14 under. Walked into a local golf shop in the town of Carnoustie wearing a Golf Channel logo and the man behind the counter said, “It’ll take 14 under to win this week.” Well, he’s been here for years and seen Carnoustie host The Open twice before. He knows more about it than I do, so I’ll stick with his number.

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Watch: Na plays backwards flop and practices lefty

By Grill Room TeamJuly 18, 2018, 3:16 pm

Fresh off his victory at The Greenbrier, Kevin Na is taking a quite-literally-backwards approach to his Open prep.

Caddie Kenny Harms has been sharing videos of Na's early work at Carnoustie.

This one shows Na standing in a bunker and playing a flop shot over his own head (as opposed to someone else's):

While it's unlikely he'll have a need for that exact shot this week, it's far more likely a player may have to think about turning his club over and playing from the wrong side of the ball, like so:

Na has made 4 of 6 cuts at The Open and will look to improve on his best career finish, currently a T-22 in 2016 at Royal Troon.

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McIlroy growing 'comfortable' on Open courses

By Ryan LavnerJuly 18, 2018, 1:45 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For a player who once complained about the vagaries of links golf, Rory McIlroy enters this Open with a dazzling record in the sport’s oldest championship.

Though he missed the 2015 event because of an ankle injury, McIlroy has now posted three consecutive top-5 finishes in the year’s third major.

“It’s surprising a little bit that my best form in major championships has been this tournament,” he said Wednesday, “but at the same time I’ve grown up these courses, and I’m comfortable on them. I think going to courses on The Open rota that I’ve played quite a lot. I think that helps. You have a comfort level with the golf course, and you’ve built up enough experience to know where to hit and where not to hit it.”

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McIlroy still regrets what happened in 2015, when he “did something slightly silly” and injured his ankle while playing soccer a few weeks before the event. That came a year after he triumphed at Royal Liverpool.

“Since 2010, I couldn’t wait to play The Open at St. Andrews,” he said. “I thought that was one of my best chances to win a major.”

He tied for 42nd at Carnoustie in 2007, earning low-amateur honors.