Donald, Rodgers, Scheffler survive playoff in Columbus to advance to U.S. Open

Luke Donald, Patrick Rodgers and Scottie Scheffler

Donald, Rodgers, Scheffler survive playoff in Columbus to advance to U.S. Open

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Donald, Rodgers, Scheffler survive playoff in Columbus to advance to U.S. Open

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POWELL, Ohio – The six-for-five playoff to earn a spot in the U.S. Open at Oakmont ended on the second hole Tuesday with Jason Allred, Luke Donald, Patrick Rodgers, Scottie Scheffler and Richie Schembechler making the trip to Pittsburgh.

The headliner of the group in the Columbus sectional qualifier was the 38 year-old Donald.

By falling out of the top 50 in the world, the former world No. 1, still seeking his first major title, had to qualify to extend his streak of consecutive U.S. Opens played to 12. It was not an easy task.

After playing 36 holes, that included a 1-hour-and-57-minute weather delay, Donald returned to Wedgewood Country Club on Tuesday morning at 7:30 local time.

Playing in the first of two threesomes with Jason Allred and Patrick Rodgers, Donald would be the odd man out temporarily on the second playoff hole when both Allred and Rodgers made birdie, Allred from 4 feet and Rodgers from 10.

“I needed to make something happen and nice to make a birdie to get in there,” Rodgers said of his 100-yard wedge shot that set up his first trip to the U.S. Open. “I’ve been putting a lot of hard work into my wedges and it’s nice to see it pay off.”

Donald waited on the edge of the green as Scheffler and Schembechler missed reasonable birdie putts, but after a poor drive in the right rough, Daniel Summerhays had to get up and down from the right greenside rough. He left his chip five feet away, a putt which would slide by right. The miss punched the remaining three tickets to Donald, Scheffler and Schembechler.

“I’m excited to see what it’s like,” said Scheffler, who needed a par save just to reach the playoff and will be going to Oakmont for the first time.

For Donald, he will be returning to Oakmont, where he played the first two rounds in the 2007 U.S. Open with eventual winner Angel Cabrera.

Along with his 12th consecutive U.S. Open appearance, it will be his 16th showing in the event overall. His best finish came at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, outside of Philadelphia, as Donald held the lead at one point in the third round and finished T-8 that week.

For three of the playoff qualifiers, Rodgers, Scheffler and Schembechler, they will all be playing in their first U.S. Open next week at Oakmont.

With Summerhays gaining the first alternate spot, a 10-for-1 playoff was conducted on the back nine for second alternate. After two playoff holes, Adam Hadwin made consecutive birdies to gain the spot.

After playing 36 holes, that included a 1-hour-and-57-minute weather delay, Donald returned to Wedgewood Country Club on Tuesday morning at 7:30 local time.

Playing in the first of two threesomes with Jason Allred and Patrick Rodgers, Donald would be the odd man out temporarily on the second playoff hole when both Allred and Rodgers made birdie, Allred from 4 feet and Rodgers from 10.

“I needed to make something happen and nice to make a birdie to get in there,” Rodgers said of his 100-yard wedge shot that set up his first trip to the U.S. Open. “I’ve been putting a lot of hard work into my wedges and it’s nice to see it pay off.”

Donald waited on the edge of the green as Scheffler and Schembechler missed reasonable birdie putts, but after a poor drive in the right rough, Daniel Summerhays had to get up and down from the right greenside rough. He left his chip five feet away, a putt which would slide by right. The miss punched the remaining three tickets to Donald, Scheffler and Schembechler.

“I’m excited to see what it’s like,” said Scheffler, who needed a par save just to reach the playoff and will be going to Oakmont for the first time.

For Donald, he will be returning to Oakmont, where he played the first two rounds in the 2007 U.S. Open with eventual winner Angel Cabrera.

Along with his 12th consecutive U.S. Open appearance, it will be his 16th showing in the event overall. His best finish came at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, outside of Philadelphia, as Donald held the lead at one point in the third round and finished T-8 that week.

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