Allred qualifies for the U.S. Open
DALLAS — Jason Allred rebounded from a tough showing on the Web.com Tour a few days earlier to make it through sectional qualifying and earn a spot in next week's U.S. Open.
The U.S. Open will be at Chambers Bay Golf Club, south of Seattle, June 18-21.
Allred finished off a second straight 3-under-par 67 with birdies on three of his final four holes to claim one of six available spots at Northwood Club in Dallas.
Monday was the final chance for nearly 800 players to get through 36-hole qualifiers from coast to coast.
Allred's 6-under 134 tied him for third place with two others. Mark Silvers' 131 led the field, followed by 15-year-old Cole Hammer's 132. Allred, Matt Mabrey and Cody Gribble were another two shots back and avoided a playoff when no one else bettered 135.
There were 78 players in the field. Allred, an Ashland native who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., was exempt from the earlier local qualifying round.
Allred was 2 under through 10 holes in his second round, but bogey 5s on the 11th and 13th holes put him in peril. However, he birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th holes to advance.
It'll be Allred's third U.S. Open. He played in 2010 at Pebble Beach, where he tied for 47th place, and in 2006 at Winged Foot. He played in one other major, the 2005 British Open.
Allred is ranked 53rd on the Web.com money list with $47,222 in earnings in 10 events. He has one top-10 placing and three top 25s, but he'd missed the cut in his previous two tournaments, including last week in the Greater Dallas Open.
Elsewhere in sectional play, one day made up for five straight weeks of lousy golf for Michael Putnam. He's going home to Chambers Bay.
Putnam lives just over a mile from the U.S. Open site. He played the first official round when Chambers Bay, off Puget Sound, opened in 2007 with hopes of attracting a U.S. Open. And on Monday, he put together rounds of 68-64 to lead the toughest of 10 sectional qualifiers around the country.
"We grew up watching the course being built. It's the biggest tournament we're going to host up there," Putnam said from the Columbus, Ohio, sectional. "Obviously, there was lot of pressure today getting into the tournament. But I had a great day."
Among the qualifiers were the young Hammer, from Houston, and a 50-year-old who has won the U.S. Open twice (Lee Janzen), and even a former world No. 1 (Luke Donald).
But it was super sweet for Putnam, who has played Chambers Bay more than anyone.
USGA executive director Mike Davis infamously said that players who only got in two practice rounds and had their caddie walk the course "will not win the U.S. Open."
"Apparently I'm going to win because I played it more than anyone else," Putnam jokingly said after he tied for medalist honors with Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, at the sectional site filled with PGA Tour players.
That gives Chambers Bay two local players. Ryan Moore, who has hosted a charity event at Chambers Bay, already was exempt from qualifying.
In other qualifiers:
— Donald was back in U.S. Open qualifying for the first time in 11 years. He had a 68 in his second round at The Bear's Club — his home club in south Florida — to earn one of four spots. He shared medalist honors with Florida State's Jack Maguire and Andrew Pope. Sam Horsfield, an 18-year-old who plans to attend Florida, won a playoff for the last spot.
— Janzen won the U.S. Open in 1993 at Baltusrol and in 1998 at Olympic Club. After his 10-year exemption expired, he never made it through a qualifier. He was disqualified two years ago for wearing metal spikes at a course that doesn't allow them. At in the New York sectional, Janzen shot 69-68 to earn one of four spots. The other qualifiers were Jamie Lovemark, Pat Wilson and Rich Berberian Jr.
That sets up Janzen for three straight weeks of majors — a Champions Tour major in Boston this week, the U.S. Open, and the U.S. Senior Open.
— Hammer, a sophomore in high school, shot 64-68 at Northwood. Steve Marino, Rod Pampling and Peter Malnati, all of whom have been full PGA Tour members, missed by one shot. Tour rookie Carlos Ortiz missed by two.
"My main goal was to see how I match up against these people. I just had to keep doing what I was doing," Hammer said. "This means the world to me."
— In the other qualifier filled with PGA Tour players, two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen held on for one of 10 spots in Memphis, Tennessee.
The most spots (15) were available in Columbus, held the day after the Memorial.
David Lingmerth, who won the Memorial in a playoff over Justin Rose, failed to earn a spot in the U.S. Open. Among those who qualified were Bryson DeChambeau, the NCAA champion from SMU. Also getting through were David Hearn of Canada, Camilo Villegas and Ryo Ishikawa.
D.A. Points, Robert Streb and Danny Lee earned the last three spots after a five-man playoff that finished just before dark.