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Stanley clings to final U.S. Open berth via OWGR

Kyle Stanley
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Bernd Wiesberger’s 11th-hour bid to secure a U.S. Open berth fell a few strokes short.

The Austrian bogeyed his final hole Sunday to tie for 14th at the European Tour’s Lyoness Open.

Why was that final stroke important? 

The top 60 in the world after Sunday earn a spot in next week’s U.S. Open. Wiesberger is currently 61st in the rankings and needed a 12th-place finish or better in Austria to leapfrog idle Kyle Stanley and clinch a spot at Merion.

Instead, Stanley is projected to move from No. 59 to No. 60, unless a few unlikely scenarios pan out later Sunday at the Fedex St. Jude Classic:

Charles Howell III, who is currently 68th in the world, needs to finish fourth or better in Memphis to knock out Stanley. He began the final round in a tie for 18th. 

• At T-8, Padraig Harrington would pass Stanley with a third or better. The Irishman is already exempt into the Open. 

• Scott Stallings (T-3), Ryan Palmer (T-8), John Merrick (T-18) would knock out Stanley if they won Sunday at TPC Southwind.