- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
Hoffman has horrible Sunday, great Monday
Hoffman, whose 81 was the worst score in the final round at the Memorial, opened with a 7-under 65 at The Lakes and followed with a 68 at Brookside to lead a group of 15 players who qualified for the U.S. Open. The Columbus-area qualifier was filled with several PGA Tour players who had been at Muirfield Village.
“Frankly, I wasn’t sure I was going to play in the qualifier,” Hoffman said. “I didn’t know if I would show up. I had been out six of the last seven weeks. That bad round got me motivated, and Sunday night I decided I didn’t want to let that linger.”
He qualified for his third U.S. Open.
Josh Teater, Robert Karlsson and Luke Guthrie pulled off an “Open double.” All three qualified for the British Open in a 36-hole qualifier two weeks ago, and both earned a spot in the U.S. Open on Monday. Teater was in the group that tied for second, while Guthrie got the last spot in an 11-for-7 playoff.
Others who qualified from Columbus _ David Hearn, Nicholas Thompson, Brendan Steele, David Lingmerth and Brandt Jobe. Along with Guthrie, the other playoff survivors were Ted Potter Jr., Aaron Baddeley, Rory Sabbatini, Justin Hicks, Sang-moon Bae and Doug LaBelle II.
“It’s very grueling. I’m tired, I’m beat, I’m ready to sit down and do nothing,” he said, adding that now he has to figure out a flight plan to get to Memphis for this week’s tour event. “I got 4 hours of sleep last night. I had to wait for my clubs to arrive after they were lost. I got them in time, though.”
The final stage of U.S. Open qualifying stretched one end of the country to the other on Monday with 11 sites hosting 36-hole qualifiers. The two largest were built around the PGA Tour _ Columbus with 15 spots and Memphis, Tenn., with nine spots, ahead of the St. Jude Classic this week.
Two sites had to return Tuesday morning to decide the final spot in a playoff _ Ryan Palmer and Zack Fischer in Dallas, and 15-year-old David Snyder and John Nieporte in the Bradenton, Fla., qualifer.
The surprise in Memphis was Kevin Sutherland. He is recovering from a neck injury that kept him out much of last season, has made only one cut this year and hasn’t competed on Sunday. He had his older brother, former tour player David Sutherland, caddie for him and produced rounds of 66-67 to qualify for his first U.S. Open since 2009 at Bethpage Black.
The heroics belonged to Scott Langley, a PGA Tour rookie who nailed down a spot on the strength of a hole-in-one in his second round. Also advancing at Colonial Country Club outside Memphis were Shawn Stefani, Jerry Kelly, Morgan Hoffmann, Joe Ogilvie, Alistair Presnell, Andrew Svoboda and mini-tour player Brandon Crick. Scott Stallings, who tied for fourth in the Memorial and then flew down to Tennessee, was the odd man out in a 3-for-2 playoff.
The day was not without a bizarre disqualification.
Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen was in the Rockville, Md., qualifier, but only for one round. After opening with a 75, it was discovered he was wearing steel spikes, typical on the PGA Tour but not allowed at Woodmont Country Club.
All players were notified about the ban on spikes in a letter dated May 20 _ it was the second item, right above a notification that shorts were allowed. The only two sectional sites that allow steel spikes are the two PGA Tour locations in Ohio and Memphis. The U.S. Open championship, which starts June 13, also allows metal spikes.
By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- House votes for bargain to end budget drama
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- Jane Fonda Foundation fails to make single contribution in 5 years: report
- Atheists smug as Hindus join Satanists to demand display at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow