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Fran Quinn qualifies for US Open at 57, after failing US Senior Open | Golf News

Fran Quinn qualifies for US Open at 57, eight years after last playing there and failing to qualify for US Senior Open; watch the US Open live on Thursday June 16 from 1pm exclusively live on Sky Sports Golf

Last update: 07/06/22 07:17


Fran Quinn qualified for her first US Open since 2014, after failing the US Senior Open.

Fran Quinn last played at the US Open eight years ago with her teenage son as her caddy. Overnight, he thought they might have an even more special moment as they both tried to take the final stage of qualifying.

Only one of them succeeded. Quinn, the 57-year-old who played his first US Open at Pebble Beach in 1992, the year Tom Kite won, advanced to an 8-on-3 playoff in Purchase, New York, after Quinn failed failed to qualify for the US Senior Open.

Owen Quinn, one stroke behind his father after the first 18 holes, stumbled on a 74 and missed by six strokes.

“My son was trying and I was like, Hey, come on, let’s both try to make the Open. He had a great first round. I was lucky to sneak in,” Quinn said.

“I’m sure he will have the opportunity to play in several of them.”

It was part of a long 36-hole final qualifying day from California and Oregon through Ohio to Canada and from New York to Florida. Up for grabs are 49 spots to fill the Country Club field of 156 players June 16-19 in Brookline, Massachusetts, exclusively live on Sky sports.

Rickie Fowler returned home to Florida to see if this could change his fortunes. He missed for the second straight year, one shot behind. The Florida qualifier was scheduled to end on Tuesday, and Fowler at least had a chance of securing an alternate spot through a play-off.

Among the Florida qualifiers was Sean Jacklin, the son of former US Open and British Open champion Tony Jacklin.

As usual, the weather played a big part and Ohio’s biggest qualifier suffered two storm delays and rushed to finish in the dark. It was mostly filled with PGA Tour players who had just completed the Memorial, and two players turned their fortunes.

Davis Riley was on the verge of a top-10 finish at the Memorial, which might have been enough to crack the top 60 in the world rankings and get him bye. He shot 75 and tied for 13th. And then the promising PGA Tour rookie had innings 69-63 and was among the top qualifiers for the 13 spots available.

Hawaii-born Chan Kim finished the Memorial with an 83. His next round at Wedgewood was a 62, and he followed with a 69 at Kinsale to qualify for his fourth straight US Open. He played the last hole in the dark, finishing with a birdie.

Joining them will be Texas A&M senior Sam Bennett, who was scared to compete in his first US Open. He was in fine form until the par-3 17th at Kinsale, 200 yards above water and into the wind. The horn to stop the game sounded midway through his swing, and he put it in the water.

He returned to the tee after the delay, missed the green and rushed for a double bogey, then leveled off at the end for a 66 and was safely in the top 13.

Five players are due to return Tuesday morning for a play-off for the last place.

The second location in Ohio at Springfield Country Club offered eight places and a degree of familiarity. Brian Stuard, who missed the cut in his last three PGA Tour events, shared medalist honors. It was the seventh time in nine tries at Springfield that he made it to the US Open.

Three-time PGA Tour winner Jonas Blixt led three qualifiers at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club in Canada. Blixt returns to the US Open for only the second time and the first since No. 2 Pinehurst in 2014. Other qualifiers were Callum Tarren of England and Satoshi Kodaira of Japan.

Oklahoma senior Chris Gotterup won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the NCAA’s Most Outstanding Player. He couldn’t be in Ohio on Sunday to receive the award from Nicklaus due to US Open qualifying. He shared medal honors in New York.

Joseph Bramlett, trying to recover from back surgery that slowed his career, led four Maryland qualifiers, including Kevin Chappell.

Matt Mccarty was among those who made it through the local 18-hole and 36-hole sectional qualifiers to reach the US Open, winning a play-off over two-time PGA Tour winner Patton Kizzire for the last of four Georgia spots.

In California, William Mouw of Pepperdine led five qualifiers with rounds of 67-63 on the Ocean Course at the Olympic Club. Among those missing was Maverick McNealy.


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