As expected, Tim Clark withdrew from the US Open due to a nagging elbow injury. Clark hasn’t been healthy since placing runner-up at the Sony Open, the first full-field event of the PGA Tour season in January.
He played in the Masters because it was the Masters, but missed the cut. He showed up to The Players and played a round-and-some holes because he was defending champion.
On Monday after the Columbus sectional, Clark gave up his hotel rooms to one of the qualifiers.
JJ Henry, who lost in the six-for-three playoff at the qualifying event in Columbus, will replace Clark. Double ouch for Brett Wetterich since I think the USGA matches scorecards to figure out who is first alternate. As you may remember, Wetterich finished with a bogey on his last hole at the Lakes Golf & Country Club.
Good news is Wetterich still has a shot, though. When the USGA announced the pairings on Friday, three slots were kept open in the chance of two possibilities.
First, if any player moved up to the top-50 in the world rankings after the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. Steve Marino, a native of Fairfax, Virginia, had the best chance, but missed the cut. Second, if a player not already exempt wins in Memphis and it’s his second win on Tour since last year’s US Open, he’ll earn an invitation to Congressional. The only player who still has a slim chance is rookie Keegan Bradley, who won the HP Byron Nelson Championship a few weeks ago. Going into the final round in Memphis, he’s T5 and five shots behind leader Robert Karlsson.
The remaining spots will be given to alternates from the sectional qualifiers.