After another missed cut, Carlos Ortiz qualifies for US Open
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Carlos Ortiz of Mexico found his game at just the right time Monday and qualified for his first major at the U.S. Open.
Ortiz had made only two cuts in the past three months on the PGA Tour. In the strongest qualifying field of mainly tour players, the 25-year-old from Mexico shot 66-66 on different courses in Columbus to lead 13 qualifiers in Ohio.
U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, who gave up his exemption to the U.S. Open when he turned pro after the Masters, shot a 63 at Wedgewood and also advanced along with Brendan Steele, Kevin Streelman, Spencer Levin, Wes Short, Jason Kokrak and Ethan Tracy.
Luke Donald and Patrick Rodgers were part of a six-man playoff for five spots to be decided Tuesday morning when a rain delay earlier in the afternoon kept it from finishing. The playoff includes Texas sophomore Scottie Scheffler, who got up-and-down for par on the final hole.
In the other Ohio qualifier in Springfield, where only four spots were available, three of them went to college players. Illinois teammates Charlie Danielson and Nick Hardy got through, as did Kyle Mueller of Michigan.
Oregon sophomore Aaron Wise capped off a week he won't forget - an NCAA title a week ago Monday, Oregon's first team title two days later and then he was medalist in the Vancouver, Washington, qualifier to get into his first U.S. Open.
There were 10 qualifiers across the country as the 156-man field was mostly set for June 16-19 at Oakmont. The USGA held back six spots for those who might move into the top 60 in the world ranking next week and qualify, such as Memorial winner William McGirt at No. 44.
The other strong qualifier filled with tour players was in Tennessee, not far from the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Among the 10 who qualified was 49-year-old David Toms, who will be competing in his 19th U.S. Open. Toms never shot worse than 73 at Oakmont in the 2007 U.S. Open and tied for fifth.
D.J. Trahan and Andres Gonzales shared medalist honors, with Trahan posting a 62 at Ridgeway in his second round. The final three spots came from a six-man playoff, with Whee Kim, Sunghoon Kang and LSU golfer Sam Burns making it through.
Ryan Palmer missed the playoff by one shot, though his U.S. Open hopes are still alive. Palmer is No. 62 in the world, and likely will crack the top 60 to get into Oakmont if he can finish in the top 10 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
In other qualifiers:
- Shell Houston Open winner Jim Herman and 36-year-old tour rookie Rob Oppenheim were among six qualifiers at Canoe Brook in New Jersey.
- Ryan Stachler, who just finished his sophomore year at South Carolina, was among three qualifiers outside Atlanta.
- Billy Hurley had rounds of 67-68 to lead the three qualifiers from Woodmont in the Maryland sectional. Also qualifying was Denny McCarthy, who played on the Walker Cup team last year.
- Kevin Tway, the son of 1986 PGA champion Bob Tway, was among three qualifiers in Houston.
- In the San Francisco qualifier, USC freshman Justin Suh was among six qualifiers, four of whom also made it through 18-hole qualifying.
The qualifier in Jacksonville, Florida, was halted by severe thunderstorms and could not be completed until Tuesday.