Donald grabs U.S. Open berth in Ohio playoff
(Reuters) - Former world number one Luke Donald earned a berth in next week's U.S. Open at Oakmont following a playoff at a qualifying event in Powell, Ohio, on Tuesday.
Donald, whose best finish at the U.S. Open was a tie for eighth in 2013, was one of six players battling in a playoff that awarded the last five berths from the qualifier for the year's second major.
"Glad it's all over," Donald told Golf Channel after waking up at 5 a.m. ET (0900 GMT) on Tuesday to get on the course after sunrise to make two pars and earn a return trip to Oakmont.
The others advancing to the year's second major, which will be played June 16-19 outside Pittsburgh, were Patrick Rodgers, Jason Allred, Richard Schembechler II and Scottie Scheffler.
Daniel Summerhays was the odd man out in the playoff among players on five-under 137 and will be first alternate, while Adam Hadwin of Canada (138) will serve as second alternate.
Players returned to Kinsale and Wedgewood Golf and Country Club after beginning the 36-hole sectional qualifier on Monday.
A field of 103 that included many PGA Tour players were competing for 13 places in the U.S. Open.
Bryson DeChambeau, 22, had gained a U.S. Open exemption when he won last year's U.S. Amateur but forfeited that spot when he turned professional a week after the 2016 Masters.
DeChambeau (70-63) finished joint second in the Ohio sectional, one behind Mexican Carlos Ortiz (66-66). Continued...