June 13, 2016
Tony Finau headlined a list of five alternates who were added to the U.S. Open field on Monday.
The USGA had put aside six spots in the field at Oakmont for players who might qualify by cracking the top 60 in the world rankings following the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Among those not otherwise exempt, only William McGirt made that leap after capturing the Memorial Tournament last week, while players like Ryan Palmer and Joost Luiten fell just short.
That left five spots to be filled from the list of alternates, including Finau, who won earlier this year at the Puerto Rico Open and was first alternate from the sectional qualifier in Springfield, Ohio. Finau is ranked No. 74 in the world and finished T-14 last year at Chambers Bay in his U.S. Open debut.
The other four spots went to Daniel Summerhays, who lost a 6-for-5 playoff at the qualifier outside Columbus, Ohio, Zach Edmonson, the alternate from the qualifier in Jacksonville, Fla., Mike Van Sickle, who lost a 3-for-2 playoff at the qualifier in Rockville, Md., and Kevin Foley, who won a four-man playoff for alternate status in Summit, N.J.
The field of 156 players is now set. Austin Connelly, Ryan Gildersleeve, Brandon Crick and Hunter Larson are the remaining players who earned first alternate status at various sectionals but will need a fully-exempt player to withdraw in order to tee it up at Oakmont.
Should a player who qualified via sectionals withdraw this week, they will be replaced by an alternate from their respective sectional. Each qualifier produced both a first and second alternate.