Allred plays today for U.S. Open spot
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Playing in the toughest of 10 U.S. Open sectional qualifiers, Ashland's Jason Allred on Monday made it into a six-man playoff for a chance this morning to advance to the national championship.
Allred, who has played in three U.S. Opens, including last year at Chambers Bay in Washington, was among a half-dozen to shoot 5-under 137 over 36 holes Monday at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club and Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club.
There were 103 players, mostly touring professionals, vying for 13 spots in the year's second major, which starts June 16 at Oakmont (Pennsylvania) Country Club. The six players tied for ninth will tee off at 7:30 a.m. local time to secure one of five remaining spots. The sudden death playoff will end as soon as one player is eliminated.
The others in the playoff are Luke Donald, Richard Schembechler II, Daniel Summerhays, Patrick Rodgers and amateur Scottie Scheffler.
Allred, who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is a member of the Web.com Tour, shot a 68 at Kinsale and a 69 at Wedgewood. He previously played U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach in 2010 and Winged Foot in 2006.
Another Rogue Valley player, Dylan Wu of Medford, missed the cut in the Springfield, Ohio, sectional. He shot 72-72—144 at the par-70 Springfield Country Club and missed the advancing by five shots. There were four spots for 59 players.
Meanwhile, back at Columbus, Ohio, Carlos Ortiz of Mexico found his game at just the right time and qualified for his first major.
Ortiz had made only two cuts in the past three months on the PGA Tour. The 25-year-old from Mexico shot 66-66 to lead the 13 qualifiers.
U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, who gave up his exemption to the U.S. Open when he turned pro after the Masters, shot a 63 at Wedgewood and also advanced along with Brendan Steele, Kevin Streelman, Spencer Levin, Wes Short, Jason Kokrak and Ethan Tracy.
In the Springfield qualifier, where Wu tried, three of the four spots went to collegians. Illinois teammates Charlie Danielson and Nick Hardy got through, as did Kyle Mueller of Michigan.
Oregon sophomore Aaron Wise capped off a week he won't forget — an NCAA title a week ago Monday, Oregon's first team title two days later and then he was medalist in the Vancouver, Washington, qualifier to get into his first U.S. Open.
Most of the 156-man field for the U.S. Open will be established with the completion of the 10 sectionals. The USGA held back six spots for those who might move into the top 60 in the world ranking next week and qualify, such as Memorial winner William McGirt at No. 44.
The other strong qualifier filled with tour players was in Tennessee, not far from the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Among the 10 who qualified was 49-year-old David Toms, who will be competing in his 19th U.S. Open. Toms never shot worse than 73 at Oakmont in the 2007 U.S. Open and tied for fifth.
D.J. Trahan and Andres Gonzales shared medalist honors, with Trahan posting a 62 at Ridgeway in his second round. The final three spots came from a six-man playoff, with Whee Kim, Sunghoon Kang and LSU golfer Sam Burns making it through.
Ryan Palmer missed the playoff by one shot, though his U.S. Open hopes are still alive. Palmer is No. 62 in the world, and likely will crack the top 60 to get into Oakmont if he can finish in the top 10 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
In other qualifiers:
— Shell Houston Open winner Jim Herman and 36-year-old tour rookie Rob Oppenheim were among six qualifiers at Canoe Brook in New Jersey.
— Ryan Stachler, who just finished his sophomore year at South Carolina, was among three qualifiers outside Atlanta.
— Billy Hurley had rounds of 67-68 to lead the three qualifiers from Woodmont in the Maryland sectional. Also qualifying was Denny McCarthy, who played on the Walker Cup team last year.
— Kevin Tway, the son of 1986 PGA champion Bob Tway, was among three qualifiers in Houston.
— In the San Francisco qualifier, USC freshman Justin Suh was among six qualifiers, four of whom also made it through 18-hole qualifying.
The qualifier in Jacksonville, Florida, was halted by severe thunderstorms and could not be completed until Tuesday.