Donald, Janzen, Goosen among U.S. Open qualifiers

By The Sports NetworkJune 9, 2015 at 12:12 AM
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Former world No. 1 Luke Donald and former champions Lee Janzen and Retief Goosen were among those that qualified for the U.S. Open Championship on Monday.

There were 10 qualifiers across the country with the most spots available in Ohio and Tennessee.

Donald shared medalist honors with Andrew Pope and amateur Jack Maguire at The Bears Club in Jupiter, Florida. The fourth and final spot was settled in a playoff with Sam Horsfield topping fellow amateur Cristobal Del Solar, who missed a birdie putt on his final hole that would have given him a spot in the season's second major championship.

Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, was the medalist in Purchase, New York. Along with Janzen, Jamie Lovemark, Pat Wilson and Rich Berberian, Jr. qualified to compete at Chambers Bay.

Goosen, whose exemption for winning the 2004 U.S. Open ran out last year, earned one of the final spots in Memphis, Tennessee. The eight other qualifiers at that site were Tyler Duncan, Blayne Barber, Brad Elder, Tom Hoge, Brandon Hagy, Charlie Beljan, Brian Harman, Andres Romero and amateur Davis Riley.

The largest qualifier was held in Columbus, Ohio, where 15 players earned spots in the U.S. Open. Michael Putnam and Sam Saunders shared medalist honors. Also qualifying there were David Hearn, NCAA individual champion Bryson Dechambeau, Sebastian Cappelen, Daniel Summerhays, George McNeill, Ryo Ishikawa, Brad Fritsch, Cameron Smith, Bo Van Pelt, Camilo Villegas, D.A. Points, Robert Streb and Danny Lee.

In the Springfield, Ohio qualifier, Michael Davan ended one stroke ahead of Tony Finau. Amateur Nick Hardy and Stephan Jaeger earned the other two available spots.

Billy Hurley III, amateur Denny McCarty and Timothy O'Neal qualified in Rockville, Maryland. O'Neal topped Josh Persons in a playoff and Persons will be an alternate at Chambers Bay.

In Ball Ground, Georgia, amateur Matthew NeSmith topped the qualifier, while amateur Lee McCoy and Roberto Castro also gained a spot in the year's second major.

Mark Silvers, Cody Gribble, Jason Allred along with amateurs Cole Hammer, Matt Mabrey and Kyle Jones qualified in Dallas, Texas.

The California qualifier saw Kevin Lucas, Jared Becher, Alex Kim and amateurs Beau Hossler, Jake Knapp and Brian Campbell gain a spot in the U.S. Open.

Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Washington was the site of the final qualifier. Cheng-Tsung Pan, Richard Lee and Troy Kelly earned the three available spots.

David Lingmerth, who won the Memorial last weekend, failed to qualify.

Also among those that failed to qualify where former PGA Championship winners David Toms and Shaun Micheel along with Nick Watney, Robert Allenby, Kevin Streelman, Rory Sabbatini, Justin Thomas, Aaron Baddeley, Harris English, Tommy Gainey, Heath Slocum, Patrick Cantlay, Rod Pampling, John Rollins, Johnson Wagner, Casey Martin, four-time U.S. Mid-Amataur champion Nathan Smith, Michael Thompson, who tied for second in 2012 at the Olympic Club, Steve Scott, who lost to Tiger Woods at the 1996 U.S. Amateur and Jason Gore, who played in the final group at the 2005 U.S. Open.

Among the big names that withdrew from their qualifiers were Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink, Vijay Singh, Chris DiMarco, Robert Garrigus, Mike Weir, Ben Curtis, Ben Crane, Jerry Kelly and Trevor Immelman.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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