5 Things, Newport Beach: Kim seizes day
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Bio Kim left the field in Newport Beach, Calif. in his dust Monday, earning medalist honors and securing the first of five spots for the 2013 U.S. Open.
Here are 5 Things to Know about U.S. Open sectional qualifying at the Big Canyon and Newport Beach Country Clubs in Newport Beach, Calif:
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1. BIO KNOWS: Bio Kim torched the Newport Beach Country Club course in his first 18 holes of the day, tacking on 10 birdies and only one bogey on his way to shooting a 9-under 62.
Kim ended his 36 holes at 10-under, only picking up one more stroke but still finishing well ahead of the pack.
Kim has not played well in the Web.com Tour this season, with his best finish coming at the Colombia Championship, where he finished 31st.
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2. THREE’S COMPANY: NCAA champion Max Homa and University of San Francisco junior Cory McElyea survived a three-man playoff to take the final two qualifying spots.
The pair made par on the second playoff hole, forcing Jesse Schutte into the first-alternate position.
Homa, who competed in the NCAA championships as a member of the Cal Golden Bears, is the third Cal player to secure a spot at Merion this year. The Bears were ranked No. 1 entering the NCAA Championships but were eliminated in the match-play semifinals.
McElyea birdied four straight at Nos. 10-13 at Big Canyon during his afternoon round to eventually propel him into the playoff.
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3. SAFE AT SECOND: Steven Alker and Roger Tambellini shot rounds of 69 and 68 to earn spots in the U.S. Open.
The two players tied for second at 6 under, taking slightly different paths to 68s in the afternoon. Tambellini scattered five birdies and a bogey at Big Canyon CC, while Alker birdied four times in Nos. 1-6 at Newport Beach to give him the momentum he needed.
The pair of pros finished one stroke ahead of the group of three that was forced into a two-hole playoff.
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4. FATHERS' FOOTSTEPS: Steven Irwin and Andy Miller were unable to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, finishing at 10-over and 9-over, respectively.
Miller, son of 1973 U.S. Open champ Johnny Miller, and Irwin, son of three-time U.S. Open champ Hale Irwin, both hold one U.S. Open appearance.
Achieving a second was not in the cards for the pair whose fathers were Open mainstays for years. Miller was done in by four bogeys on his last seven holes en route to an afternoon 77, while Irwin's day started badly with an 81 but improved with an afternoon 72.
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5. BEAU BOWS OUT: Beau Hossler, 18, won’t be making his third-straight U.S. Open appearance.
Hossler made an improbable run to a top-30 finish at last year’s U.S. Open, even leading the field at one point during the second round. But he struggled in California on Monday, shooting 12 over.
Hossler started OK with a 72 at Newport beach. But he made double bogey five times in his final 18 holes en route to an afternoon 83.