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Confident Swafford medals at Memphis qualifier

PGA Tour rookie Hudson Swafford took medalist honors with a 10-under day, one stroke better than J.B. Holmes at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Memphis, Tenn. Alabama rising sophomore Robby Shelton also advanced.

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Leonard, Noh, Thomas co-medal in Columbus

Sometimes in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying a qualifier isn’t even the story. So it went with the sad tale of Danny Lee, who slid late as Justin Leonard, Seung-Yul Noh and Justin Thomas co-meadaled in Columbus.

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From tertiary tours, Blair, Rask qualify for U.S. Open

Zac Blair, medalist in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier Monday at Emerald Valley Golf Club, outdistanced Clayton Rask by four shots as the two earned the spots that will take them from Oregon to Pinehurst.

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On a roll, Whitsett medals at Houston qualifier

Fresh off helping Alabama to a second straight NCAA championship, Cory Whitsett took medalist honors at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Lakeside Country Club in Houston.

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Medalist Collins, Hurley among qualifiers in Maryland

Chad Collins shot back-to-back 69s to take medalist honors at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., while Billy Hurley III also earned his first major championship berth.

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Cejka medals at Daly City qualifier; McNealy qualifies

Alex Cejka played in his first U.S. Open in 1996, finishing T-50. He's made just four appearances since, but will get a sixth after taking medalist honors Monday at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Daly City, Calif.

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Michelson DQ'd at Florida sectional; incorrect scorecard

Landon Michelson was disqualified, by his own admission, from the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Quail Valley for signing an incorrect scorecard. The proper one would have put him in a playoff for the final qualifying spot.

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5 Things: U.S. Open sectional qualifier, Vero Beach

All four players who advanced to next week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 from the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Vero Beach, Fla., will make their debuts in America's national championship. Here are 5 Things to know from Quail Valley.

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Renner among 4 U.S. Open qualifiers at N.Y. site

Fran Quinn and Rob Oppenheim shared medalist honors as Jim Renner and Matthew Dobyns join them in advancing out of the USGA's Purchase, N.Y., sectional qualifier to the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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Kaufman qualifies for U.S. Open at Roswell sectional

Recent LSU graduate Smylie Kaufman and brother, Lucky Kaufman, advanced to the U.S. Open via Roswell, Ga., sectional qualifying. Henrik Norlander also advanced to his first U.S. Open and major championship start.

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Stuard, others advance from Springfield

Two flawless rounds by veteran Brian Stuard has sent the 31-year-old to his second consecutive U.S. Open. Also qualifying was 17-year-old Will Grimmer (70-65) and Chris Thompson (66-70).

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Tracker: U.S. Open sectional qualifying

It's called the "longest day in golf" -- once again, the road to the U.S. Open comes down to 36-hole sectional qualifiers across the U.S. as some of golf's best seek a spot at Pinehurst. Follow the highlights right here!

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Knowing rule on divot leads to pair of birdies

On Emerald Valley's third hole, two players launched drives that ended up in the fairway just two inches apart during U.S. Open sectional qualifying -- when one marked, the other created a divot affecting his position.

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Stanford's McNealy tied for lead at Daly City qualifier

Maverick McNealy just finished up his freshman season at Stanford. Now, he's tied for the lead with Alex Cejka after the first round of the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Daly City, Calif.

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Skarbo leads early at sectional qualifier in Oregon

At Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore., professional Joel Skarbo of Seattle leads three other pros: Jarred Bossio of Olympia, Wash., Zac Blair of St. George, Utah, and Clayton Rask of Otsego, Minn.

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Putnam, Stegmaier share sectional lead in Columbus

Michael Putnam, the 2013 Web.com player of the year, and Web.com player Brett Stegmaier each shot 5-under-par 67 at Brookside Golf and Country Club on Monday morning to share the midway lead at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in Columbus.

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Wittenberg (62) takes lead at Memphis sectional

Casey Wittenberg took advantage of local course knowledge to shoot a 9-under 62 and grab a one-stroke lead over Jeff Maggert after the first round of the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Colonial Country Club’s North and South courses.

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Stuard leads Springfield qualifier after 18

Brian Stuard leads the Springfield, Ohio, U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying by two, while others try and chase him down for the top spot. There are three spots up for grabs from Springfield Country Club for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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Notables chase Oppenheim in N.Y. qualifier

Thanks to a front-nine run that included five birdies in six holes at Old Oaks Country Club, Rob Oppenheim took a four-shot lead at the MET Golf Association’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying event Monday morning.

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Berger, Lindheim open with 66s at Florida sectional

The closing stretch at Quail Valley will be difficult to manage at the U.S. Open Sectional on Monday, but Daniel Berger and Nicholas Lindheim did just fine through 18 holes after opening 6-under 66s.

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After heart surgery, Micheel tees it up at sectional

Shaun Micheel, who had heart surgery to put in four stents in April, is teeing it up Monday at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Cordova, Tenn.

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SportRx's prescription sunglasses for golf

SportRx, a lab that creates technologies, such as different tints for different sports, and test them to make sure the correct lenses are made, has offered prescription sunglasses for sports since 1996.

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Adidas Golf's new climachill apparel

Adidas Golf's new climachill apparel was designed to keep golfers cool on the course when temperatures rise.