Billy Hurley III crouched behind his turn during a 18th immature during U.S. Open sectional subordinate Monday during Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, contemplating a putt of roughly 7 feet for birdie. His caddie, Clay Duerson, chimed in with some advice.
“I don’t see most to it,” Duerson said.
Several seconds later, Hurley struck his putt. Despite momentarily veering a bit off course, a turn forsaken into a crater to give him a 36-hole sum of 3-under-par 141, good for a tie for initial and securing him a mark in a year’s third vital contest subsequent week during Pebble Beach.
In securing one of 4 subordinate slots from a margin of 63, Hurley is streamer to his fourth U.S. Open and his initial given 2016, a year he won his initial and usually PGA Tour eventuality during a Quicken Loans National during Congressional Country Club. It’s also Hurley’s initial U.S. Open during Pebble Beach, that final hosted in 2010.
“As this approached, it was kind of like, ‘Man, we unequivocally wish to be a partial of a U.S. Open during Pebble,’ ” a two-time All-Met honorable-mention preference during Loudoun County pronounced shortly after signing his scorecard.
Only Connor Arendell, who plays on a Web.com Tour, matched Hurley’s measure on a day that felt some-more like late tumble than early summer. Wind gusts that dislodged a tent circuitously a vast scoreboard by a hall valid fraudulent for players, quite during a par-4 eighth.
Hurley, who shot 70 on his initial 18 holes and 71 on his second, done spook in any of his dual trips to No. 8, that played 470 yards ascending into a unbending wind.
But in Round 1, Hurley corroborated adult a spook there with a birdie during a par-4 ninth, his final hole of a morning after commencement during No. 10. Hurley done 6 birdies over 36 holes, though nothing was some-more poignant than a one during a 18th in his afternoon round, that done him a personality in a clubhouse.
“It was a uncanny small putt, and there was a garland of shadows in there,” Hurley said. “I was only perplexing to strike a good putt. we strike a garland of good putts and hadn’t done a whole lot of birdies. That was substantially a best birdie demeanour that we had — on a behind 9 anyway.
“I was attack a lot of good putts, and we was only perplexing to strike one more. And it looked like it was going to try and miss, though it hung in there and got in a right-center.”
The birdie left Hurley during 2-under 142, one shot transparent of 3 Web.com Tour players who were forced into a playoff to contest for a final dual subordinate spots. Joseph Bramlett and Ryan Sullivan done standard during No. 8, a initial playoff hole, while Tee-K Kelly done spook and was eliminated. Kelly and Virginia Tech comparison Mark Lawrence Jr., who finished as a low pledge during 1-under 143, were named alternates to a U.S. Open.
Hurley, 36, grew adult in a area and has been an Annapolis proprietor given graduating from a Naval Academy, so he is informed with Woodmont’s North Course, that has hosted U.S. Open sectional subordinate 32 of a past 33 years — some-more than any other blueprint in a country.
Local knowledge, however, was not as kind to Rockville’s Denny McCarthy, a PGA Tour actor who starred in college during Virginia and in high propagandize during circuitously Georgetown Prep.
The All-Met Golfer of a Year in 2010 finished during even par, dual shots behind of a possibility during qualifying, while personification in front of some of a largest galleries on a course.
“I only done too many mistakes,” pronounced McCarthy, who will play in this week’s Canadian Open. “I had adequate offense this afternoon. we done 5 birdies this afternoon though done too many mistakes. It’s that simple.
“I done a bad mistake in a morning. we was personification rather good [but] incited a 2 or 3 underneath turn into a 1 over, so that kind of harm me.”