Besides Tony Romo pulling out in Houston, perhaps the biggest news coming from Monday’s Sectional qualifiers is that Justin Rose, who won The Memorial a day earlier, failed to secure a trip to Pebble Beach next week. So did Rickie Fowler, who placed second to Rose. Now that just sucks. I know rules are rules, but when a player wins one of the most prestigious events of the year, don’t you think he should be exempt from qualifying?
Courtesy of Intern Kevin’s hard work (who discovered Golfweek is doing basically the same thing I assigned him after the fact), here are the sectional qualifier results (will be updated as results become available).
Columbus, OH (15 spots)
Eric Axley, Stuart Appleby, Terry Pilkadaris, Bo Van Pelt, Brendan De Jonge, Tom Lehman (wow!), Ben Curtis, Hugo Leon, Alex Cekja, Aaron Baddeley, Harrison Frazar, Alex Martin (a), Davis Love III, Derek Lamely and John Mallinger.
*Rocco Mediate lost in a six-way playoff for the final five spots to Frazar, Martin (a), Love, Lamely and Mallinger.
**Notables who failed to qualify: Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson (but he got his first ever hole-in-one!), Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman, Jeev Milkha Singh, James Nitties, Kevin Streelman — yeah, you get the point, it was a stacked field. Take a look for yourself.
***Perhaps more notably were those who mailed it home and withdrew after 18 because they couldn’t take 18 more grueling holes: John Merrick (the quitter who also WD at the British Open qualifier), Ryuji Imada, Pat Perez, Jay Haas and two other guys neither I nor you have ever heard of.
Portland, OR (2 spots)
Kent Eger and Jason Allred.
*Notables who failed to qualify: The guys from the University of Washington team — Chris Williams, Richard Lee, Nick Taylor, who received the 2010 Ben Hogan Award and won low amateur honors at last year’s US Open (shouldn’t that earn him an exemption?).
**Eger is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. I did a hilarious interview with him at the CanTour championship in 2008, but I removed it at his request because he was receiving too many comments about it. When I asked him about missing the cut that week after he had won the week prior, he replied, “Well, I was playing with a hard-on all week and I was a little scared to follow through…I kept trying to tuck it in, but it kinda affected my performance.”
Summit, NJ (4 spots)
Blaine Peffley, Dan McCarthy, Jim Herman and Jon Curran.
*Curran beat out PGA Tour winner Parker Mclachlin for the last spot in a playoff.
**Notables who failed to qualify: Jim McGovern, Len Mattiace and Rudy Andrew Giuliani.
Roswell, GA (2 spots)
Russell Henley and Mark Silvers.
*Silvers got in via a playoff with Chris Epperson.
**No notables failed to qualify. According to Intern Kevin: “That was typically the Billy Andrade and Matt Kuchar Memorial Golf Tournament. It would be those two and 30-no-names vying for two spots. Kuchar is too good for qualifiers now and I guess Andrade gave up trying.”
St. Louis, MO (1 spot)
Scott Langley (a)
*I’d never heard of anyone in this field. Apparently this kid is really good at the University of Illinois.
Hobe Sound, FL (3 spots)
Gary Woodland, Kevin Phelan (a) and Travis Hampshire.
*Among those to miss was alternate Curtis Thompson, brother of Alexis and Nicholas. James Driscoll and Olin Browne, whose daughter is Rickie Fowler’s girlfriend, were the other known names that failed to advance.
Woodstock, IL (2 spots)
Bennett Blakeman and Jerry Smith
*Notable who failed to qualify: Corey Pavin, the US Ryder Cup captain, missed by two shots.
Springfield, OH (3 spots)
Brian Davis, Seung Yul Noh and Erik Compton
*Noh and Compton beat out Brad Wright in a playoff. According to the Golf Channel, Compton has had two heart transplants and Pebble Beach will be his first appearance at a major championship.
Littleton, CO (2 spots)
Stephen Allan and Jason Preeo.
*Notable who failed to qualify: Tom Kite missed by one stroke. He won the 1992 US Open at Pebble Beach, but wasn’t granted an exemption — instead Vijay Singh, who has a less noteworthy US Open record, got one. Now that’s totally logical.
Rockville, MD (7 spots)
Jason Gore, Kent Jones, Daniel Summerhays, Ty Tryon (whoa, blast from the past! Remember him? The next-big-thing like 10 years ago.), Arjun Atwal (Tiger’s Isleworth BFF), Craig Barlow and Steve Wheatcroft.
*Notables who failed to qualify: Justin Hicks and Stephen Leaney!
Memphis, TN (12 spots)
Hudson Swafford, Richard Barcelo, Deane Pappas, Mathias Gronberg, Paul Goydos, Morgan Hoffmann, David Frost, Shaun Micheel, J.J. Henry, Brandt Snedeker, Chris Stroud and Charles Warren.
*Stroud and Warren were in a four-way playoff along with Roger Tambellini and Scott McCarron for the final two spots.
**Notables who failed to qualify: Lots of tour pros, including Ryan Palmer, Jay Williamson, Cameron Beckman, Todd Hamilton, Scott Piercy, etc. 16-year-old Jordan Spieth, who made headlines by placing T16 at the Byron Nelson Championship, also didn’t advance.
Sacramento, CA (4 spots)
Erick Justesen, Joseph Bramlett (a), Kenny Kim and Andrew Putnam (a).
*Putnam beat out Bhavik Patel (a), Dillon Dougherty and John Ellis in a four-way playoff for the last spot. His brother is Michael Putnam, who plays on the Nationwide Tour and who I know from Washington Junior Golf — we also had the same swing coach, Joe Thiel.
**Notables who failed to qualify: Spencer Levin and Charlie Wi.
The Woodlands, TX (2 spots)
*Second-round play was canceled due to inclement weather. Players will finish on Tuesday — which forced Tony Romo to withdraw because he had to return to Dallas for football practice.