5 Things, Dallas: Spieth among qualifiers
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
PHOTOS: U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, 2013
Here are images from sectional qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
PHOTOS: U.S. Open Sectional - Hawks Ridge
View images from U. S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, GA.
PGA Tour players Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were among the notables entered in Monday's U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas, Texas.
While Spieth tied for medalist honors alongside Ed Loar and Matt Weibring, Palmer had to wait until play continued Tuesday morning in a playoff with Zack Fischer for the final spot – one that Fischer won.
Here are 5 Things to Know from Dallas:
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1. TO BE CONTINUED: Ryan Palmer has made three U.S. Open starts in his career with his best finish being a T-21 showing in 2011.
Zack Fischer has made three PGA Tour starts, missed two cuts and placed T-68 at the Byron Nelson Championship for his best Tour finish.
But both found themselves still in position Tuesday morning to make it to Merion Golf Club next week.
They each shot 7-under 135 through two rounds of qualifying, then matched up hole-for-hole in sudden death – for eight holes. Then play was suspended due to darkness, meaning the two would tee off to continue their duel for the fourth and final qualifying spot at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Fischer sent out a lighthearted message via his Twitter account, @ZackFisch3: "About to get some sleep tonight. Playing number 45 tomorrow. #birdie"
They picked up right where they left off, halving another three holes in what seemed to be on the verge of becoming a full round of match play. Yet on the fourth extra hole Tuesday – the 12th in all between the two – Fischer won the playoff and advanced.
Fischer, who plays on the Adams Pro Golf Tour, made 11 birdies in two rounds, but a second-round double bogey at the par-4 16th was the difference between capturing medalist honors by himself and playing in a marathon playoff for the final spot.
Palmer had held the first-round lead after shooting 5-under 66. He made six birdies and an eagle in that morning round. But he was 1 over through nine holes in the afternoon before closing with three birdies in his final nine holes to keep his U.S. Open hopes alive.
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2. THE MEDALISTS: Jordan Spieth, Ed Loar and Matt Weibring will all make the trip to Ardmore, Pa., next week after each shot 8-under 134.
Spieth, the low amateur at last year's U.S. Open, made 10 birdies and just two bogeys as he recorded two straight 67s. Spieth, who left the University of Texas after the fall season, has also had a good year on the PGA Tour, notching four top-10s in 12 starts to earn special temporary status.
Loar is second on the Web.com Tour money list this season. He carded rounds of 70-64 Monday. His second round included five birdies, two bogeys and two eagles. The eagles came on two straight holes, too – the par-5 17th and the par-4 18th.
Weibring, who turned pro out of Georgia Tech in 2002, has just one top-25 finish in five Web.com Tour events this season. He had a double bogey at the par-4 first hole on Monday morning. But other than that he made 11 birdies and one bogey.
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3. SOONER JUST SHY: Oklahoma head coach Ryan Hybl just missed leading his team to match play of the NCAA Championship.
Then he just missed an automatic berth in the U.S. Open.
The 2006 U.S. Mid-Am runner-up, Hybl shot 68-68 to finish at 6-under 136. Hybl made nine birdies and three bogeys, but was one shot shy of being part of that playoff Tuesday morning for the final spot.
Instead, Hybl will be second alternate after his solo-sixth performance.
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4. YOUTH SERVED: The strong contingent of junior golfers entered Monday with high hopes. Brad Dalke, Sam Burns, Scottie Scheffler and Daniel De La Garza were all looking to follow in the footsteps of 2012 U.S. Open participants Beau Hossler and Andy Zhang.
But after two rounds, they got a dose of just how hard it is to qualify for one of golf's toughest tests.
Dalke, who has won two AJGA invitationals and committed to Oklahoma at the age of 12, shot 3-over 145. Burns, medalist in his local qualifier and a recent Louisiana state high school champion, opened with a 2-under 69, but ended up at 1-over 143. De La Garza, who will play at Harvard in the fall, equaled Dalke at 3 over.
Scheffler, a Texas signee, had the best performance of the four notable juniors. He made an eagle and eight birdies, but also mixed in eight bogeys and a double bogey to finish at even-par 142.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: Oklahoma State junior Talor Gooch finished T-9 after shooting 3-under 139. Gooch wasn't the only college player to play well. SMU's Bryson Dechambeau shot 141, TCU's Julien Brun carded a 141, too. Oklahoma senior Abe Ancer finished with a 142. . . . Justin Leonard, the 1997 Open Championship winner, finished at 1-under 141. . . . Michael Whitehead, who made the 2011 U.S. Open field as an alternate after Tiger Woods withdrew due to injury, shot 1-over 143.