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Scott Wolfes, left, at Hole No. 5 during U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.

Scott Wolfes, left, at Hole No. 5 during U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.

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Monday is the day when dreams come true, when a 14-year-old can shock the world by qualifying for the U.S. Open, or a man giving it one last shot, only to get a shot in the arm with the biggest golf accomplishment of his life.

Welcome to U.S. Open sectional qualifying – otherwise known as the longest Monday of the golf year.

There are 11 spots around the country, hosting hundreds of golfers with one thought on their mind: teeing it up at Merion next week.

Check out photos from the sectional qualifiers here.

We'll have writers all over the country, as well as a digital desk that will keep you updated on all 11 sectional qualifiers – so scroll down to see how events have unfolded today.

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St. Louis

10:14 p.m. EDT: Champions Tour regular Jay Don Blake emerged out of the field of 42 that was battling for two trips to play in the 2013 U.S. Open. Blake posted the lowest 18-hole score of the day to distance himself from the pack, but it was a playoff that decided who would seize the final spot. Here are 5 Things to Know about U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. (read the full story here).

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Rockville, Md.

9:56 p.m. EDT: This one ended, not surprisingly, with a playoff for the eighth and final spot in the national championship. PGA Tour player Matt Bettencourt, East Carolina alum Harold Varner III and former New Mexico player Sam Saunders tied for that final spot, but only Betterncourt advanced from the three-for-one playoff.

Here are 5 Things to Know about the rest of the field: (read the full story here).

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Springfield, Ohio

9:52 p.m. EDT: In the end it was Brian Stuard and Brandon Brown grabbing the two coveted spots for next week's championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Here are 5 Things to Know from Monday's sectional qualifier here (read the full story here).

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Dallas

9:17 p.m. EDT: Jordan Spieth's picture expressed a thousand words' worth of enthusiasm for his successful day advancing here, as he posted via his Twitter account, @JordanSpieth: "Survived #Golfslongestday!! Time to prepare for Merion! instagram.com/p/aHj_xIhR8U/"

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Bradenton, Fla.

8:49 p.m. EDT: The qualifying playoff here will last another day, as John Nieporte is three inches short of the cup with a birdie attempt, meaning he and David Snyder must pick up tomorrow where they left off. Our Nick Masuda takes a look at the path Kevin Phelan has taken to medalist honors today (read the full story here).

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Purchase, N.Y.

8:27 p.m. EDT: Gavin Hall stormed his way into the U.S. Open. Our David Dusek takes a look at how he and the other qualifiers here set their path to Merion (read the full story here). Also, the unusual story of Brandon Matthews – who seemingly made a once-in-a-lifetime shot to earn a spot in the U.S. Open. only to watch others pass him on the leaderboard and see his emotions come full-circle in about a 20-minute span (read the full story here).

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Bradenton, Fla.

8:26 p.m. EDT: Mother Nature is making things tough on the playoff here, but John Nieporte and David Snyder are trying to settle things and hit the fairway with their first tee shots of extra play.

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Columbus, Ohio

8:11 p.m. EDT: Doug LaBelle makes a 6-foot birdie putt on first playoff hole in Columbus. That will get him into the U.S. Open and narrow this 11-for-seven playoff a bit.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

8:01 p.m. EDT: T.J. Vogel, who played nearby last weekend for the Florida Gators in the NCAA Championships, maintains some optimism after failing to advance here today. He posted via his Twitter account, @TJvogel23: "tough finish to the day. 1st alternate for the #USOpen. hopefully I get lucky and get that call."

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Memphis, Tenn.

7:53 p.m. EDT: Alistair Presnell and Andrew Svoboda advance from the playoff in Memphis after Scott Stallings makes bogey and is the odd man out. Also moving on: Kevin Sutherland, Jerry Kelly, Shawn Stefani, Morgan Hoffmann, Joe Ogilvie, Brandon Crick and Scott Langley (who made a hole-in-one today).

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Rockville, Md.

7:52 p.m. EDT: All three players card a 4 on first playoff hole in their fight for the last spot out of Rockville. Matt Bettencourt, Sam Saunders and Harold Varner III play on.

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St. Louis

7:54 p.m. EDT: Jay Don Blake turned in a 3-under 68 for his second round of the day. After shooting even par in round one, Blake holds a three-stroke lead. Mackenzie Hughes and Travis Johns have finished 36 holes in a tie for second place and the final qualifying spot for the sectional. At even par, the pair must keep an eye on Brad Hopfinger at 1-over with five to play.

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Columbus, Ohio

7:51 p.m. EDT: Charley Hoffman earns medalist honors, a day after shooting 81 in the final round of the Memorial. He said that score motivated him here today.

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Memphis, Tenn.

7:49 p.m. EDT: Scott Stallings hit his second shot at the par-5 No. 1 into the water. He's in trouble in the 3-for-2 playoff against Alistair Presnell and Andrew Svoboda. . . . Presnell and Svoboda have long birdie putts, Stallings a long par putt.

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Bradenton, Fla.

7:48 p.m. EDT: There will likely be a playoff here. Kevin Phelan will advance, while John Hahn is a stroke back with one to play, on track for the second spot. John Nieporte and David Snyder are tied for the last spot.

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Rockville, Md.

7:37 p.m. EDT: A three-man playoff will determine who among Matt Bettencourt, Harold Varner III or Sam Saunders gets the final spot here.

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Columbus, Ohio

7:29 p.m. EDT: It's official – 11 players for seven spots here. Ted Potter Jr., Jason Kokrak, Mike Weir, Steve Flesch, Aaron Baddeley, Luke Guthrie, Rory Sabbatini, Justin Hicks, Charlie Wi, Doug LaBelle and Sang Moon-Bae. They all shot 8 under and will try to sort out which foursome skips Merion. Missing the playoff by a stroke were Brendon DeJonge, Jeff Overton and Rod Pampling. . . . All 15 players who will advance here will have some level of PGA Tour status.

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Memphis, Tenn.

7:10 p.m. EDT: Alistair Presnell made a birdie to get to 4 under so par might mean a playoff here. He has a tap-in for par. That puts the ball in Andrew Svoboda's court. He can force a three-for-two playoff if he pars in the final holes. Presnell and Scott Stallings, who had a strong showing at Memorial last weekend, are in the clubhouse at 4 under.

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Columbus, Ohio

7:06 p.m. EDT: A playoff is in store for those at 8 under – looks like 10 players for seven spots at moment. Steve Flesch just birdied the last to get into the mix.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

7:05 p.m. EDT: Ryan Nelson, Michael Kim and Greyson Murray will be heading to Merion. Nelson and Kim tie for medalist honors.

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St. Louis

7:02 p.m. EDT: Mike Small, Illinois head coach and brief leader of the field in St. Louis, withdrew during his second round. He finished 22 holes. Small said via his Twitter account, @MikeSmall4: "Hit the proverbial "wall" today. Never felt so distorted mentally and whipped physically. The last 3 months been worth it though! #crashed"

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Dallas

6:58 p.m. EDT: Six players are T-4 or better, including Matt Weibring, who shot 7-under 64 this afternoon. He is tied for first at 8 under with Jordan Spieth and Ed Loar. Ryan Hybl, Zack Fischer and Ryan Palmer are in a three-way tie for fourth at 6 under. The next group of players is three shots back.

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Cle Elum, Wash.

6:28 p.m. EDT: University of Oregon golf coach Casey Martin, lamenting “my short game is horrific,” will not be playing in a third U.S. Open. Martin shot consecutive rounds of 7-over-par 77 in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at the Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Wash. “I didn’t play well around the greens, particularly on the first nine holes,” Martin said, alluding to a 43 on his front. “It was crucial to save pars, and I didn’t do it. The course was so hard, there weren’t many birdies. Pars were really important.” Martin stopped short of criticizing the Tumble Creek course, but said, “If the wind blows all the time at 20 miles an hour – and everybody says it does – the golf course is probably too difficult for the conditions.” Martin previously played in two U.S. Opens at San Francisco’s Olympic Club. In last year’s championship, he bogeyed his 36th hole to miss the cut by one shot. Focusing on his Oregon golf team, he said, “We didn’t lose anybody, and I’m optimistic. We have a lot of work to do, but we’ve got some good guys who like to work hard.”

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Bradenton, Fla.

6:12 p.m. EDT: Leader Kevin Phelan executes an impressive sand save at No. 17 to make par and remain at 10 under, holding a three-shot advantage after Danny Evelyn bogeys No. 12 and falls into a tie with Andrew Johnson. Five golfers are now a shot back of them in the battle for Bradenton's three tickets out.

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Rockville, Md.

6:11 p.m. EDT: Cliff Kresge, Matt Goggin and Matt Harmon are in the clubhouse at 6 under, on the number and watching as five golfers on the course are a stroke back, four more two back.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

6:11 p.m. EDT: No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, Michael Kim gets it to 10 under. That's two shots clear of a possible playoff at 8 under.

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Columbus, Ohio

6:08 p.m. EDT: Sean O'Hair finishes at 6 under, not good enough to advance. It's bad news for a Philly guy who dearly wanted to compete at Merion. . . . As things stand, 8 under and better would make it here, with 7 unders playing off for one spot.

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Bradenton, Fla.

6:01 p.m. EDT: Kevin Phelan leads by two after the first bogey of his second round; he's got two holes to play with Danny Evelyn two back through 11 and John Hahn three back through 10.

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Newport Beach, Calif.

5:59 p.m. EDT: Bio Kim is still well clear of the field, 12 under and five shots ahead of Max Homa. Steven Aiker, Aaron Goldberg and Kieran Pratt have the edge for the other three spots right now at 6 under, with two golfers a shot back and two more two shots back.

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Columbus, Ohio

5:53 p.m. EDT: Brendan Steele qualifies for first U.S. Open in Columbus, a 67-68 pushing him into fifth with 15 spots available. Steele has seen success in a major, having played in the last group with Jason Dufner in the 2011 PGA Championship. . . . Scott Gardiner and his borrowed clubs are 4 over so far in the afternoon round, his feel-good story appearing to be over.

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Purchase, N.Y.

5:52 p.m. EDT: Gavin Hall just birdied his last four holes at Century to earn a spot in the field. He's tied for medalist honors as things stand, at 4 under alongside Geoffrey Sisk and Jesse Smith.

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Rockville, Md.

5:48 p.m. EDT: Some might say it’s hard to follow a round of 61, especially on a 36-hole day. Ryan Sullivan, co-leader in Rockville, opened with that number, and that included a nine-hole stretch with seven birdies. Sullivan is 1 under on the second round after making eagle at No. 15 and birdie at No. 16. He started on the back.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

5:47 p.m. EDT: Ryan Nelson finishes his day at 11 under at Hawks Ridge. He qualified for the U.S. Open here in 2011 and leads by two over Michael Kim, by three over T.J. Vogel and Grayson Murray with three spots up for grabs. . . . Here comes East Carolina's Grayson Murray; he went birdie-par-birdie-eagle on Nos. 4-7 to get to 8 under and T-3 with Vogel.

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Columbus, Ohio

5:46 p.m. EDT: Brendon De Jonge posts a 65 to get to get to the clubhouse at 7 under – and T-15 with 15 spots at stake.

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Bradenton, Fla.

5:42 p.m. EDT: Kevin Phelan birdies again, making a 4-foot putt to move to 11 under with three to play. He's three ahead of Danny Evelyn. Five golfers are T-3 at 6 under.

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Purchase, N.Y.

5:37 p.m. EDT: Temple's Brendon Matthews just pitched in from jail behind No. 18 at Century – the save has him tears in his father's arms. He's T-4 right now and looking at a playoff.

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Dallas

5:36 p.m. EDT: Ed Loar is 6 under through nine holes in his second round to jump to the top of the leaderboard at 7 under, one shot clear of Matt Welbring. Both are Dallas natives. Four spots total are available here at Lakewood CC. Ryan Hybl, Jordan Spieth and Mark Walker of Hurst, Texas, are 5 under; first-round leader Ryan Palmer is among those at 4 under. Palmer is 1 over through nine in his second round. . . . A few college players have an outside chance at qualifying. Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch is three shots back of the three-way tie for third with nine holes left. SMU's Bryson Dechambeau, who plays with irons that are all the same length, is 1 under with 10 holes left. And TCU's Julien Brun is even with eight holes remaining.

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Springfield, Ohio

5:32 p.m. EDT: Brian Stuard looks to be all but guaranteed one of the two qualifying spots here. Stuard posted rounds of 65-64 and is in the clubhouse at 11 under, six shots clear of the field. Brandon Brown of Shelbyville, Ky., is finished at 5 under, a shot ahead of Ryan Lenahan of Charlotte, N.C., who has four holes left.

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Memphis, Tenn.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Talk about a great time for an ace: Scott Langley cards a hole-in-one to vault himself into a tie for sixth. There are nine spots open here.

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Bradenton, Fla.

5:29 p.m. EDT: Kevin Phelan nearly holes out for an eagle on No. 14, making a 2-footer for birdie to take a two-shot lead with four to play.

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Dallas

5:27 p.m. EDT: Ryan Hybl, the University of Oklahoma men's head coach, is T-2 in Dallas, with 4 spots available, the USGA says.

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St. Louis

5:21 p.m. EDT: Jay Don Blake has stretched his lead to five shots, a rare margin. He's 5 under as he makes the turn in his second round, while second-place Travis Johns is in the clubhouse at even par. Four golfers are 1 over and chasing Johns for the second qualifying spot here: Brant Peaper, Brad Hopfinger, Mackenzie Hughes and amateur Joe Migdal. NCAA runner-up Illinois is still well-represented with two competitors who still have time to make a run – coach Mike Small is 5 over with 14 to play, while sophomore Alex Burge is 4 over with 12 to play.

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Newport Beach, Calif.

5:07 p.m. EDT: Amateur Cole Ogden is 2 under through three holes of his afternoon round at Newport Beach CC, trying to make a move among the leaders and climbing to 5 under at T-4. Five spots are up for grabs here.

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Columbus, Ohio

5:04 p.m. EDT: Mike Weir is 3 under through eight holes in his second round and is on the projected U.S. Open qualifying number, the USGA says. (See first-round scores here.)

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Memphis, Tenn.

5:02 p.m. EDT: Morgan Hoffmann is 5 under and 2 strokes ahead of the projected playoff figure in Memphis. Hoffman would earn his third trip to the Open if his score holds up. . . . Through 27 bogey-free holes in Memphis, leader Kevin Sutherland is 9 under with nine birdies and 18 pars.

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Purchase, N.Y.

4:51 p.m. EDT: Jesse Smith shot 70-67 to finish at four under and appears likely to win medalist honors at the MET Section's U.S. Open Qualifying tournament. His 137 score is one better than Jim Herman, who is also finished playing and stands alone in second. Two players, amateur Brandon Matthews and Geoffrey Sisk, are tied at two under while five players, including Brad Faxon, are at one under. Four players will earn spots in the field at Merion from this event, with two more players being designated as alternates. . . . Some scribes here at Century CC thought the afternoon players would go low. It didn't happen. Only 12 sub-par rounds have been carded. (See first-round scores here.)

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Bradenton, Fla.

4:33 p.m. EDT: Kevin Phelan takes the outright lead with an 8 footer for birdie on No. 10. The Irish amateur, of the University of North Florida, leads by one over Andrew Johnson and Danny Evelyn. (See first-round scores here.)

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Newport Beach, Calif.

4:24 p.m. EDT: Only three of the golfers at 2 under or better played Big Canyon CC this morning, which could mean there's some movement in store for the afternoon. As the second round hits its early going, let's recap the top of the leaderboard here: 9 under, Bio Kim; 6 under, Aaron Goldberg; 5 under, Max Homa, Garrett Sapp; 4 under, Chris Riley, Jesse Schutte;, Michael Drake, Kieran Pratt, Nicholas Bollini; 3 under, Jim Knous, Cole Ogden, Steven Alker, Sejun Yoon; 2 under, Cory McElyea, Jeff Brehaut, Roger Tambellini, Cameron Champ, Joshua Stone.

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St. Louis

4:01 p.m. EDT: Champions Tour player Jay Don Blake has started his second round of the day on the right foot. Blake is 3-under through through three holes in his second round and has taken a one-shot lead over Travis Johns. In his most recent Champions Tour event, Blake finished in second at the Principal Charity Classic, where Russ Cochran won.

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Purchase, N.Y.

3:55 p.m. EDT: Brandon Matthews, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, just went birdie-birdie-eagle-par-birdie on holes Nos. 6-10 at Century.

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Newport Beach, Calif.

3:53 p.m. EDT: Nineteen players are at 2 under or better, which puts them in the top 10 and ties, as the first round nears a close. Four of those are still on the course. That sets the stage for quite a second-round battle for five spots.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

3:49 p.m. EDT: First-round leader Nicholas Cullen going the wrong way on leaderboard. He's 4 over in his second round, 3 under total; 8 under is leading.

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Memphis, Tenn.

3:48 p.m. EDT: Kevin Sutherland has streaked ahead to 8 under in Memphis. Twelve players stand 3 under or better, fighting for nine spots here.

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Rockville, Md.

3:44 p.m. EDT: Sam Saunders is within the eight players projected to advance here, but it’s not the Sam Saunders you’re probably thinking (the one who calls Arnold Palmer “grandpa”). This Saunders is from Albuquerque, N.M., and is a product of the University of New Mexico. It would be his first U.S. Open berth.

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Purchase, N.Y.

3:41 p.m. EDT: Unless something crazy happens, there are now 10 players in the MET Sectional Qualifying tournament with a realistic chance to earn one of the four spots for next week's U.S. Open. Jesse Smith has four holes remaining and has the lead at −4, a shot better than Jim Herman and two shots better than Sunny Kim, Geoffrey Sisk, and amateur Brandon Matthews.

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Memphis, Tenn.

3:35 p.m. EDT: Kevin Sutherland, who is playing on a medical exemption on the PGA Tour this yr, gets to 7 under and shares the lead here. . . . Roberto Castro withdraws on the 12th hole in Memphis. He was 2 over. . . . Ben Crane has birdied three of his first five holes in the afternoon round to move to T-7.

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Newport Beach, Calif.

3:22 p.m. EDT: Leaders in the clubhouse so far here: Bio Kim, 62; Aaron Goldberg, 65; Max Homa, 66; Kieran Pratt, Jonathan Garrick, Chris Riley, 67. . . . Andy Miller, Johnny's son, shoots 4-over 75; it's not looking good for him to make the field 40 years after his dad's 63 at Oakmont.

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Rockville, Md.

3:22 p.m. EDT: Not an amateur in sight of the top of the leaderboard at Woodmont Country Club. Leader Ryan Sullivan of Winston Salem, N.C., is at 8 under after 18 holes. Scott Harvey is the closest amateur to him. Harvey, a successful mid-amateur, just started his second round and is 1 under for the day. Only eight players advance from this sectional. (See first-round scores here.)

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St. Louis

3:14 p.m. EDT: Birdies are coming few and far between in St. Louis, as Travis Johns holds strong with the lead at 2-under-par. Amateur Brant Peaper is one stroke back at 1-under, and the final tee time of the day is scheduled for 2:50 p.m.

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Memphis, Tenn.

3:14 p.m. EDT: Jimmy Gunn made bogey at No. 2 – so five golfers share the lead at 5 under. 3 under would play off for spots, but there's a long way to go. . . . Justin Bolli and Brad Fritsch are the latest to add themselves to the WD list here.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

Four players are tied for the lead here at Hawks Ridge. T.J. Vogel and Michael Kim join Ryan Nelson and Nicholas Cullen at 7 under.

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Purchase, N.Y.

The 81-man field at the MET Qualifier is really down to 22. Four golden tickets to Merion, with everyone at 3 over or more practically eliminated from contention.

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Memphis, Tenn.

Jimmy Gunn of Scotland is the first to -6. Birdies the first hole of the South Course at Colonial CC in Memphis. . . . Colt Knost has called it quits in Memphis. . . . On a somewhat lighter note, Jerry Kelly is crotchety. Complaining about his mud ball. Chewing out the 1 spectator standing in his line. And he's 5-under.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

Ryan Nelson is really making a move during the second round – he's 3 under thru 6 holes and T-1. He played in the 2011 U.S. Open.

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Rockville, Md.

Lee Janzen says he's headed home early because of his shoes. Janzen discussed his disqualification on social media via a post from his Twitter account, @LeeJanzen: "Yes. DQ for metal spikes at qualifier at woodmont. Rule was in e-mail. More concerned about my game. 75 1st round put me way back anyway." Steve Elkington chimes in at Janzen's defense via his Twitter account, @elkpga: "Usga' ancient stance would be Equivalent of telling Asain Bolt he can't wear spikes to run in Qualifying cause of the grass but Olympics ok"

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Springfield, Ohio

Brian Stuard leads Derek Ernst by a shot after the first round (see scores here).

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Memphis, Tenn.

Jerry Kelly cards a 5-under first round on Colonial's South Course, the low score there. He's tied for the lead.

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Newport Beach, Calif.

Bio Kim of Korea distances himself from the field with a 62 in his first round. Kim has made two of eight cuts on the Web.com Tour this year. Chris Riley has the next-lowest first round completed at 67, but a few players are between them still on the course.

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Memphis, Tenn.

The low scores on the North Course at Colonial are rolling in. Andrew Svoboda, Jimmy Gunn, & Kevin Sutherland all get to 5 under.

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Bradenton, Fla.

The first round is scheduled resume at 2:23 p.m. after a short warm-up on the range. Second-round tee times will end up delayed by 90 minutes. (See first-round scores here.)

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Purchase, N.Y.

Brad Faxon is the lone player in qualifying today who played in the 1981 Open – the last time it was held at Merion, the USGA says.

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Memphis, Tenn.

Bobby Wyatt shoots 2-over 73 and says he feels fine physically after being part of Alabama's NCAA victory yesterday. Wyall till have to go low on the South course – like Al Geiberger, who earned the nickname "Mr. 59" there. . . . Shawn Stefani is the early clubhouse leader in Memphis with a 4-under first round on the South Course. . . . Promising Aussie golfer Bryden Macpherson finished his first round 3 under on the North at Colonial. . . . Mark Bartlett, Tim Petrovic and Joey Snyder III are the early WDs in Memphis after 18 holes.

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Bradenton, Fla.

Tournament officials intend to make a "positive" announcement about the weather delay here at 2 p.m. EDT. Radar is showing a reprieve.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

2012 U.S. Mid-Am runner-up Garret Rank finishes at 1-under 71. Rank says course is super soft because of the overnight rain here – and that birdies are out there. . . . Nicholas Cullen leads at Hawks Ridge with a bogey-free 7-under 65 and leads by one. Gavin Green shot 30 on the front and is 6 under. Michael Kim, Hans Reimers & Brandon Hagy are 5 under.

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Memphis, Tenn.

Players are getting about 40 minutes between rounds here to get lunch and a breather.

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Purchase, N.Y.

Weather at the MET Sectional qualifier has improved quite a bit. There is almost no wind and the rain stopped about two hours ago. The soft greens are really receptive, but the fairways are soaked – so big hitters like Luke List, who shot 71 at Old Oaks and is 1 under so far at Century Golf Club, should have an advantage. List says he needs to shoot 66 or 67 to have a chance at one of the four golden tickets to Merion.

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Bradenton, Fla.

Sirens sound just as the second 18 was scheduled to get underway here. Storms are building just to the southwest of Ritz-Carlton. . . . As golfers fill the clubhouse, two groups have yet to finish their first round – with PGA Tour veteran Nick O'Hern among those players.

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St. Louis

As a senior at Indiana University, Brant Peaper racked up three top-five finishes. He's looking to pull off a top-two finish, where he sits in a tie for the lead at 2-under. Peaper's Big Ten opponent, Illinois coach Mike Small, has fallen back to even par and a tie for fourth.

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Memphis, Tenn.

Marc Turnesa shoots 3-under 68 on the North Course. . . . Troy Matteson says mud balls are a factor this morning, but otherwise the courses are there for the taking. . . . Jack Newman finishes at 1 under and is pretty happy with it. Newman says there are some tricky pins on the South Course at Colonial.

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Bradenton, Fla.

The weather is about to get nasty here as well, where amateur Kevin Phelan (University of North Florida) and Andrew Johnson lead at 7 under – Johnson getting a boost at the first hole when he holed out for eagle, the USGA said.

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Columbus, Ohio

Speaking of players from Sunday's NCAA Championship final, Justin Thomas of Alabama gets to 5 under as his first round closes. He's T-8 among those who have finished the first round, with 15 spots up for grabs here. Also in his first round as a national champion, Tide teammate Cory Whitsett finishes his first round 2 over.

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Springfield, Ohio

Illinois junior Thomas Pieters, who earned the only point for the Illini in a 4-1 loss to Alabama in Sunday's NCAA Championship final, is T-22 at 3 over through 16 holes. Just two spots available at this site with 39 players in the field. Brian Stuard and Derek Ernst hold the top two spots at the moment at 5 under and 4 under, respectively.

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Dallas

Brad Dalke made a spring-break trip from McKinney, Texas, to Shreveport, La., to spend a few days with friend and fellow junior golfer Sam Burns. Now the two juniors find themselves competing for a spot in the U.S. Open. Burns is T-3 at 2 under through nine holes, while Dalke is T-12 at even par through 12 holes at Lakewood CC. Four players advance out of this sectional. Among those near the top of the leaderboard are Jordan Spieth (2 under through 12), Ryan Palmer (2 under through nine) and Oklahoma head coach Ryan Hybl (1 under through 15). (See first-round scores here.)

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Bradenton, Fla.

Amateur Kevin Phelan of Ireland and Andrew Johnson of Columbus, Ind., finish their first rounds at 7 under.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

Good first round by 2012 Amateur Public Links champion T.J. Vogel, who finishes with a 3-under 69 after playing his first nine even-par. Vogel played for Florida at the NCAAs last week, but has turned pro.

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Purchase, N.Y.

Amid tough conditions, just five of 33 scores posted so far are par or better, the USGA says. Sunny Kim of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., leads at 2 under.

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Memphis, Tenn.

Colonial has its first golfer to turn in 4 under for nine holes. It's Jerry Kelly. . . . Kevin Sutherland and David Mathis join 7 others at 3 under through nine holes in Memphis. . . . Jimmy Gunn of Scotland is the sixth player to post 3 under on his first nine holes; nine spots are available here.

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Rockville, Md.

Roger Sloan, after shooting 29 on the front, finishes his round at 6 under, according to the USGA scoreboard. Matthew Goggin also is done at 4 under.

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St. Louis

Mike Small is a gamer. The Illini coach is in the St. Louis qualifier trying for his fourth U.S. Open. His team lost in the NCAA final Sunday in the suburbs of Atlanta.

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Ball Ground, Ga.

Michael Kim is bouncing back nicely after a rough go with his Cal team at the NCAAs this past week. He's 5 under thru 9; one back of Green. Kim was one of five golfers who received their Jack Nicklaus awards yesterday. . . . The scoring is low early, with New Mexico's Gavin Green leading the way at 6 under thru nine.

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Columbus, Ohio

Some low scores coming in, the USGA says: Josh Teater cards a 9-under 63 and Sang-Moon Bae an 8-under 64

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Bradenton, Fla.

John Hahn of Hudson, Ohio, tours the front nine in 6 under, according to the USGA leaderboard. . . . Three players got to an early lead at 4 under through nine, including amateurs Greg Eason and Kevin Phelan, the USGA said.

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Memphis, Tenn.

Joe Ogilvie, Shawn Stefani and Brandon Crick join Harris English and Jack Newman at 3 under after nine holes at Colonial CC. . . . Bobby Wyatt, who played out of his mind in helping Alabama win the NCAA Championship yesterday, turns in +1 in Memphis. . . . Jack Newman, a former U.S. Publinx champ, tours his first nine in 3 under, tying the low score posted in Memphis.

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Columbus, Ohio

Scott Gardiner doesn't need his own set of clubs – he's 3 under in Columbus with a set cobbled together from The Lakes pro shop. Cool story brewing.

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Rockville, Md.

Roger Sloan of Canada shot 29 – that's 7 under – on his opening nine, the USGA said.

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Purchase, N.Y.

It's already soaking wet everywhere at the Century Golf Club. Steady rain is expected all morning at the MET Sectional Qualifying tournament. . . . The MET section was just awarded a fourth spot – up from three – into the U.S. Open as Richard Sterne withdrew, the USGA said. . . . Brad Faxon hit a screaming tee shot far left that cost him a bogey a few minutes ago. . . . 15-year-old Cameron Chottiner of Westport, Conn., posts 5 over for his first nine. He's T-21. . . . Luke List posts an even-par first-nine at Old Oaks, putting him in second place at the time.

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Columbus, Ohio

Scott Gardiner's clubs didn't make it to his sectional. He teed off with a set cobbled together and had to buy shoes from the shop.

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Newport Beach, Calif.

The first ball at Big Canyon CC was hit by Steve Irwin, son of 3-time champion Hale, the USGA said.

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Here's a look at who is where around the U.S.:

Ball Ground, Ga.: At Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Cassie Stein (follow on Twitter here) will see if some of the field from the NCAA Championship in nearby Milton, Ga. can make it to the U.S. Open. Our Director of Photography Tracy Wilcox (follow on Twitter here) will also be on the ground.

Bradenton, Fla: At Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, our Nick Masuda (follow on Twitter here) will bring you the latest in a field that includes Nick O'Hern and junior star Sam Horsfield.

Purchase, N.Y.: At Century Country Club & Old Oaks Country Club, our equipment guru David Dusek (follow on Twitter here) will put on his competition-coverage hat to bring you the latest from the course.

Memphis, Tenn.: At Colonial Country Club, our Adam Schupak (follow on Twitter here) will follow a mainly PGA Tour contingent that is in town for this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Cle Elum, Wash.: Tumble Creek Club, our other equipment guru, Jim Achenbach (follow on Twitter here), will see if Casey Martin can qualify for a second consecutive year. Martin coaches the University of Oregon men's team and is best known for suing the PGA Tour under the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2001 to use a cart while competing.

Columbus, Ohio: In the most popular spot for the PGA Tour players, our Jeff Rude (follow on Twitter here) will bring you the latest updates from the Brookside Golf & Country Club and the Lakes Golf & Country Club.

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