Casey Martin Qualifies With Golf Cart for Return to U.S. Open-
Casey Martin again will be riding a cart for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, qualifying for the golf season’s second major championship six years after ending his professional career. Martin, who successfully sued the U.S. PGA Tour in 2001 for the right to ride a cart because of a degenerative circulatory disorder, was the medalist in yesterday’s U.S. Open sectional qualifying.
The 40-year-old Martin rode a cart during local and sectional qualifying and will use a single-rider vehicle when the U.S Open begins on June 14 in San Francisco, the United States Golf Association said on its website. Click here to read the full story
Love Qualifies for spot in his 23rd US Open-
Davis Love III is going back to The Olympic Club for the U.S. Open, this time as the 48-year-old Ryder Cup captain and not the reigning PGA champion. Love qualified for the U.S. Open for the third time in the last six years with a 139 at Scioto Country Club and Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. Love, who finished tied for 16th at the Memorial on Sunday, said it never crossed his mind to just bag it and go home rather than extend an already long week by playing 36 more holes. Click here to read the full article
Video: Incredible putt puts journeyman pro in U.S. Open on 12th try-
If you’re looking for the best feel-good story, check out what happened to Dennis Miller. No, not that Dennis Miller. Miller, a 42-year-old pro from Youngstown, Ohio, began Monday with long odds of qualifying for the national championship. For one thing, he was attempting to qualify for a 12th time after 11 unsuccessful goes. For another, he began Monday as a third alternate in a field stacked with PGA Tour pros. But Miller got in and then got into a four-man playoff for three spots. After making sizable putts to stay alive on the second and third holes of sudden death, he had this long attempt to finally realize his dream. Sit back and enjoy what happened next:
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2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Roundup on Geoffshackelford.com
Golfweek’s one-stop roundup includes all of the numbers, qualifiers, alternates and notable missers in easy-to-read fashion. And here is the USGA Sectional page where all scores, stories and photos are posted. Doug Ferguson’s AP story on sectionals focuses on Casey Martin and his USGA-supported cart returning to the scene of his only U.S. Open appearance. Mike Tomiko of The Oregonian on Martin’s qualifying and the backstory of his decision to give it a try this year. Jim Achenbach with details from on-site of the harrowing day for Martin, which included rushing to finish after a rain delay. Martin may be back at the course Tuesday morning to watch the sudden death playoff between Daniel Miernicki and Nick Sherwood. Both are amateurs, Miernicki plays for Martin at Oregon. Sherwood plays for Oregon State. James Raia with more details from the Oregon qualifier.