Commentary

Three Up, Three Down: Goydos in, Romo out?

Originally Published: May 14, 2008
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

Many of the U.S. Open's regional qualifying sites have already been competed, with top finishers advancing to sectionals in hopes of making the field at Torrey Pines.

With the year's second major just four weeks away, let's look at Three Up, Three Down.

Three Up
Paul Goydos

By earning the first-ever seven-figure runner-up paycheck on the PGA Tour, Goydos jumped from 140th on the money list to 26th. That's the good news. The bad news is that he remains 16 places shy of qualifying for Torrey Pines via the top 10. Truth is, he might have a better chance of jumping into the top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking. With his playoff loss to Sergio Garcia at the Players Championship, Goydos moved up to 59th in the world.

Jeff Quinney

Nobody likes Players Championship weekend more than Quinney, who has posted third- and fourth-round scores of 64-73 (last year) and 70-70 (this year), finishing T-6 and solo third, respectively. The latest result moved Quinney from 75th to 49th in the world; if he can hang on to that number for two more weeks, he'll be automatically qualified for the Open.
Kevin Streelman


Back in January, just one month removed from graduating from Q-school, Streelman took Torrey Pines by storm, opening with rounds of 67-69 at the Buick Invitational. Those scores earned him a Saturday tee time with Tiger Woods, before he struggled to a T-29 finish on the weekend. Last week, Streelman took the first step to getting back to that site, shooting 67 at the Rio Pinar CC regional qualifying site in Orlando to advance to sectionals.

Three Down
Tony Romo

He might have failed to qualify through the Hackberry CC (Texas) site last week, but (the former?) Mr. Jessica Simpson hardly embarrassed himself, shooting a 72 to miss the cut by four strokes. "I enjoy the competitive side of [golf]," said the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback. "I'm sure I'll always play something like it. Whether I'm ever successful or not, I don't know. I never put forth the effort to get really, really mad if I didn't do well at this, whereas with football it would hurt." Romo will still get a chance to compete at Torrey Pines, though. On June 6, one week before the Open, he'll be part of a foursome on the South Course that includes Matt Lauer, Justin Timberlake and Omaha, Neb., amateur John Atkinson in a made-for-TV event.

Chad Campbell

It's been five years since Sports Illustrated anointed him "The Next Big Thing," with players voting Campbell as the most likely to win his first major at that time. It still hasn't happened. In fact, Campbell's progress has regressed to the point where he's no longer automatically exempt from qualifying for the major championships. At the Players, he shot a blistering final-round 4-under 68 to move up 43 places on the leaderboard, resulting in a T-10 finish. That also improved his world ranking status to 56th -- he was 62nd last week and started the year 93rd -- but still shy of the top 50.
Matt Every


The current Nationwide Tour regular and former Big Break-er might already be on the outside looking in. At the Hammock Dunes Club qualifier in Palm Coast, Fla., Every shot 73, which was enough only to earn him a spot as an alternate into the next stage. He'll need some help just to play in the upcoming sectional.

Jason Sobel covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at Jason.Sobel@espn3.com .

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Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.

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