June 6, 2016
Bryson DeChambeau, who forfeited an exemption into next week’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club by turning professional after the Masters, qualified anyway at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club in Powell, Ohio, one of 10 sites around the country holding 36-hole secitonal qualifiers on Monday.
DeChambeau, 22, shot a second-round 63 at Wedgwood to finish second, one stroke behind medalist Carlos Ortiz of Mexico. As the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, DeChambeau would not have had to qualify for the Open had he remained an amateur. He missed the cut in last year’s Open at Chambers Bay.
Bryson DeChambeau, shown here at the Memorial on Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Meanwhile, Aaron Wise, an Oregon sophomore who recently won the NCAA individual championship, will make his professional debut in the U.S. Open. Wise posted two 67s at Royal Oaks Country Club in the Vancouver, Wash., qualifier, where he was medalist.
Meanwhile, Wise’ Oregon teammate Sulman Raza, who holed the putt that won the NCAA team championship for the Ducks, missed qualifying by a wide margin.
Luke Donald, once No. 1 in the World Ranking, will be in a six-man playoff for the final five available spots on Tuesday morning at the Wedgewood site.
Former PGA Championship winner David Toms qualified, as did Kevin Tway, son of former PGA Championship winner Bob Tway.
Among those who failed to qualifywere two-time Open champion Lee Janzen, Steve Stricker and Andy Miller, son of Johnny Miller, who won the Open at Oakmont in 1973.
The second round of the Jacksonville, Fla., qualifier, where four spots are at stake, was pushed into Tuesday because of inclement weather. Among those in contention is Vijay Singh.