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Crazy finish gets 35-year-old journeyman into the US Open

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Some people go nuts for U.S. Open qualifying narratives, and some golf fans are more tuned out to the 36-hole sectionals. But even if you’re not heavily invested or terribly interested, Chris Naegel’s story is pretty cool.

The 35-year-old Wildwood, Mo., native had partial status on the Web.com Tour. Mostly, however, he has toiled on mini-tours in his career. In 2012, he won the eGolf Tour’s Oldfield Open and the Adams Tour’s Buffalo Run Casino Classic in 2015. Naegel has made just four starts on the PGA Tour.

Currently No. 1,081 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Naegel looked to be out of the running for one of the three qualifying spots available at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas, Monday.

Four strokes off the qualifying pace with five holes to play, Naegel birdied the 14th and 15th holes. However, disaster struck at the par-4 16th, where he carded a bogey five.

However, he bounced back with a birdie at the 17th hole and then eagled the 18th hole to get to 10 under par for his 36 holes. The score was good enough to get him into a playoff for the last qualifying spot.

After forcing the playoff, Naegel then took down Blaine Hale, an incoming senior at Oklahoma, to earn his first ever start in a major championship.

Nagel primarily played college golf at Missouri Baptist. He played on the Hooters Tour from 2008 to 2012 while also teeing it up on the Adams Tour, Minor League Golf Tour, and eGolf Tour.

He finished 89th on the Web.com Tour money list in 2016. Playing 21 events in 2017, he finished 117th. He has limited status on the Web.com Tour this year after finished tied for 57th at Q-School.

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  1. bebop a lula

    Jun 6, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Really cruel calling a professional golfer a journeyman, he is out there living the dream and It’s great that he has qualified for the US Open.

    It’s one of the great thing about the Open and the Us Open that every has a chance of getting there (unlike the masters)

  2. Don Dust

    Jun 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Good for him. Was expecting more then -4 for last 5 for a crazy finish and first link I see on wrx.

  3. 2putttom

    Jun 5, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    at time this game can be strange but kind… go gett em’ Chris.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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