156-man field set after four more qualify
Joey Lamielle had to go 45 holes to earn a trip to the U.S. Open, outlasting Julian Suri in a nine-hole playoff Tuesday in South Florida to capture the final spot in a sectional qualifier. Three other players also advanced through playoffs in other qualifiers.
Sectional qualifying results
Sectional qualifying for the final 84 spots in the U.S. Open took place at 14 sites on Monday. A look at the results:
• Daly City, Calif.
• Littleton, Colo.
• Surrey, England
• Tequesta, Fla.
• Roswell, Ga.
• Lake Forest, Ill.
• Beallsville, Md.
• Augusta, Mo.
• Purchase, N.Y.
• Columbus, Ohio (I)
• Creswell, Ore.
• Cordova, Tenn.
• Richmond, Texas
• Columbus, Ohio (II)
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Lamielle got the third and final spot at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Fla.
In Lake Forest, Ill., Jonathan Turcott was in the trees on the first extra hole and escaped with par before winning the playoff two holes later over Kane Hanson. Eric Axley and Jonathan Mills grabbed the final two spots outside Columbus, Ohio, the largest of the 13 sectionals in the United States because so many PGA Tour players were involved.
The 156-man field was set, with nine amateurs among them at Torrey Pines. The U.S. Open starts June 12.
Among the qualifiers was Chris Stroud, the only player to advance through 18-hole local qualifying and 36-hole sectional qualifying two years in a row.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press