June 18, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Kyle Mueller’s whirlwind trip to the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club ended Saturday as the Michigan sophomore missed the cut at 10-over.
Mueller, who qualified for the Open just two weeks ago at a sectional qualifier in Indiana, posted scores of 77 and 73 in the first two round of the weather-delayed event. On the grueling test known as Oakmont, he missed the 6-over cut. His 10-over score, however, matched the likes of former U.S. Open champions Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.
Mueller finished ahead of the likes of such notables as Rickie Fowler (+11), Brandt Snedeker (+11) and Hideki Matsuyama (+12).
“This week has been huge for my confidence,” Mueller said. “I now know I can compete with the best in the world. After playing this week, I want to be back here more than ever.”
Mueller spent the week at Oakmont alongside Michigan teammate Chris O’Neill, who served as his caddy. He played his opening two rounds with Derek Chang and Richie Schembechler, who, yes, is related. Bo Schembechler was the cousin of Richie’s grandfather.
While Mueller’s first-round 77 made making the cut exceedingly difficult, his second-round 73 was impressive. He finished with three birdies in the final five holes.
Even without continuing into Sunday, Mueller called the trip to the Open the “best golf week of my life.”
“The best moment of the week was walking down the 18th fairway with Chris (O’Neill) and looking up into the grandstands,” Mueller said. “I was trying to soak in the whole experience and how special this week was. It is something I will remember forever.”
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