Former USC golfer Crocker a U.S. Open qualifier

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DALLAS — Sean Crocker discovered kind at simply the appropriate time and certified for his first U.S. Open, amongst 13 gamers in Dallas and three in Japan who earned spots at The Nation Membership subsequent month.

The 36-hole qualifiers have been the primary of 11 that can fill the sphere for the U.S. Open, to be performed June 16-19 outdoors Boston.

Crocker, born in Zimbabwe and raised in California by his faculty years at USC, had gone 9 straight tournaments on the European tour with out making a minimize till a tie for seventh in Belgium final week. He flew to Texas and delivered rounds of 64 at Royal Oaks and 67 at Lakewood Nation Membership.

He was joined at 11-under par by Kurt Kitayama, Matthew NeSmith and Jinchiro Kozuma, who missed the minimize on the PGA Championship and stayed within the area for the U.S. Open qualifier.

Mackenzie Hughes was amongst 4 Canadians who certified in Dallas. Travis Vick, who performs at Texas and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Beginner final summer time, was the lone newbie to qualify. Dallas was one of many bigger fields due to the PGA Tour occasion at Colonial this week.

Graeme McDowell, who received the Open in 2010 at Pebble Seaside, missed the 6-for-2 playoff in Dallas by one shot. Matt Kuchar additionally did not qualify and is more likely to miss the U.S. Open for the primary time in 15 years.

Tomoyasu Sugiyama, Daijiro Izumida and Todd Sinnott of Australia have been the three who certified in Japan.

The opposite 9 qualifiers might be June 6, the Monday earlier than U.S. Open week.

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