Devlin, Quinlivan and Rafferty in US Open sectionals
Two Ulstemen and a Kerryman will join the hundreds of hopefuls at 11 sectional qualifying sites across the United States on June 4 seeking a place in the US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Former East of Ireland winner and Listowel native Sean Quinlivan will tee it up at Canoe Brook Country Club in New Jersey, Ballyena’s Chris Devlin goes at Springfield Country Club in Ohio, and Dungannon’s Fergal Rafferty at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, Texas.
Irish trio back to school as they chase the American Dream
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell could be joined by a couple of old team mates on the multi-million dollar PGA Tour next season.
As West Waterford’s Seamus Power opened his bid with a level par 72 in Texas, Carrickmore’s Fergal Rafferty and Ballymena’s Chris Devlin will tee it up in the second stage of the US Q-School in Florida today hoping to swap the mini tours for golf’s major leagues.
Walton KO, Rafferty OK in US Q-School quests
Dungannon’s Fergal Rafferty birdied two of his last three holes to make it to stage two of the PGA Tour Q-School.
But Philip Walton failed to find the final round inspiration he needed to earn his place in the field for next month’s Champions Tour finals.
The 49-year old Dubliner closed with a 72 at Woodforest in Texas to finish four strokes outside the top 16 who progressed to the final stage.
England’s Barry Lane won the event, one of three Regional Qualifiers, by five strokes from Spaniard Miguel Martin on 275.
Six Irish seek PGA Tour cards
Former Shamrock Rovers ace Stephen Grant is chasing his US PGA Tour dream this week.
The winger turned pro swinger tees it up in the first stage of the American Q-School in Florida today.
Grant, 34, is already through to December’s second stage of the European Tour school. But he’s trying his luck on both sides of the Atlantic after coming through US pre-qualifying last week.
The Birr ace is one of six Irishmen in action Stateside…
Cutler misses cut at Q-School
Paul Cutler agonisingly missed the 54-hole Q-School cut by a shot at Frilford Heath and must now rely on sponsors invitations to earn his tour card this year.
The 22-year old from Portstewart, top scorer in Great Britain and Ireland’s Walker Cup win last month, shot a six over 78 to finish on 15 over at the Oxfordshire venue in the First Qualifying Stage.
It was a sad end to a personally difficult period for the likeable Ulsterman, whose grandfather John Cutler sadly passed away last week.
Cutler in danger of early exit at Q-School
Paul Cutler is six shots outside the top 25 and ties who progress to Stage Two from the European Tour School Section D qualifier at Frilford Heath after adding a second round 76 to his opening 77.
The former Walker Cup star is tied for 69th on nine over and in danger of missing the 54-hole cut as only those within seven shots of the qualifying mark - currently three over par - will contest the final round.