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Anyone ever attempted to qualify/qualified for the Open - Either US or British

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ZigzogZigzog  260Members Posts: 260
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I realise that most people on the site are from the US.

Has anyone on here ever attempted to qualify/qualified for the US Open, or the British Open?

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  • exgolfproexgolfpro  813Members Posts: 813
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    I played in 3 US Open qualifiers. Never made it out of local qualifying. My best round was a 72, when a 71 moved on to Sectional qualifying. My 3 rounds have been 76-72-78. The last time I tried was probably 1996.

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  • jholzjholz  1586Members Posts: 1,586
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    I've never played in one, but have caddied in a number of local qualifiers. Crazy range of abilities in those things. I've been in groups where one guy shot in the 60's, my guy in the 70's, and the third in the 90's. As such, they can draw out to be long, boring rounds of golf - even for the folks playing.

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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve  2542Members Posts: 2,542
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    I have trouble quantifying for my next round........

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  • J13J13 Dad golf  15883Members Posts: 15,883
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    I've tried for the U.S. Open multiple times but never got through. If you have anything less than your A+ game you don't have a shot. Great fun and great test for the nerves when USGA officials are everywhere and you have to sign a USGA scorecard.

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  • ZigzogZigzog  260Members Posts: 260
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    Good to see some have tried.

    I tried when I was younger for the British Open, I got to the final qualifying but then wasn't close at all - the situation 100% got the better of me

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  • StonewalledStonewalled  1585Members Posts: 1,585
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    Great story Cardie, keep em comin. Sooooo your sayin..... Sleeping in one's car, starting smoking, start drinking again may help my game??? Think I already know the anser to my question, nothin will help my game. Ha....

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  • rgk5rgk5 rgk5(OLB)  3704Members Posts: 3,704
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    I tried the U.S. Open qualifier at Southern Hills in 1984. Did not make it after a 74 in both rounds. Was way off and that told me a one handicap was no where near good enough.

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  • BIG STUBIG STU  12103Members Posts: 12,103
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    Did the local thing 3 times in the late 70s early 80s. Now to be completely honest it was on a great course that I knew well. Never made it past the regional. I remember one regional was at Congressional and the other one was at Atlanta Athletic Club. I can not remember the third one to save my life

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  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing  3714Members Posts: 3,714
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    Played the US Open local 4 times between 1995 and 2001. Never made it out, birdied the last 3 holes once to miss by 1, I was an alternate for sectionals that year.

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  • tacklingdummytacklingdummy  14Members Posts: 14
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    Great story. It just tells you how good the pros are and how tough US Open and PGA Tour setups are. He shoots 65 at qualifier without trying, hungover, etc then shoots 77-73 at US Open. The pros are soooo good.

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  • jll62jll62 Minneapolis 2268ClubWRX Posts: 2,268
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    I play US Open Local qualifying every year. Was in a 4-for-1 playoff to advance to sectionals two years ago, but didn't get through. Shot even par this year and missed by three.

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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984  5559Members Posts: 5,559
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    Awesome to see that there are guys on here who have tried. I’d love to get low enough to try for The Open at some point before I am too old. It’s a huge motivator for me to get out there and practice.

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  • youngwaldoyoungwaldo NJ 3246Members Posts: 3,246
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    I tried US Open 4x never advanced to Sectional but was an alternate for 2 of them.

    PGA Tour Monday qualifier 4 times and was the altenate 1x.

    Now I just enjoy playing with members and friends.


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  • MidwestGolfBumMidwestGolfBum Corporate Golfer Extraordinaire MSN/MKE/DSM 1512Members Posts: 1,512
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    I have given it a shot 2 time for the US Open, 3 times for the Four-Ball, 3 for the Am, and once for the Mid-Am. I have gotten within 2, but never closed it out strong enough to get all the way there. Will hope to be able to get back to a better routine now that my life has settled down again and see if I can't give it another legitimate go this coming season.

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  • mcputtermcputter  1019Members Posts: 1,019
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    I tried several times for the U.S. Open, made it to Sectionals twice. Didn't bring my 'A' game to Sectionals.

    Actually I've got a great story about my car breaking down on the trip to Sectionals, having to eventually hitch a ride with truckers to get there. Got about 3 hours sleep, no practice round (actually no practice at all the previous three days), found out I'm in the first group off the tee, then promptly shot like 80-76. Probably finished DFL.

    Tried 3 times for U.S. Senior Open, came closer to the U.S. Open.

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  • Ty_WebbTy_Webb New York 3156Members Posts: 3,156
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    I tried three times for the Open around 2000-2002. Never made it through regionals. One time I was one over after 16 and someone told me even was playing off. Birdied 17 and then tried to make birdie on 18 and made double. Missed a playoff by 2. Other two times were not close. The thing I found interesting was at regionals, the ams were the best players. Then at final qualifying the pros were better. Then the tournament itself, well I think we all know how that goes.

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  • elwhippyelwhippy  3322Members Posts: 3,322
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    Not played but caddied in regional and final qualifiers. My bag, a scratch amateur had a reality check when an unknown Argentinian kept hitting a 2 iron 40-50 yards past his driver. A lot of players from my area tried every year but the way the R&A moved the goalposts and ruined the local and final qualifying means they don't waste their cash anymore. Best anyone I know did was a local county player missing the cut by a single shot at Muirfield when Ernie won. I think the gap is now too wide between club pros and club amateurs when you take on elite amateurs who play full time and the world ranking bias.

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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to Canada 13017Members Posts: 13,017
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    Looking at the Canadian Open results for 1992

    Total purse $1 million. Greg Norman won $180k !!!!!!!

    Last two events on Euro tour saw the winners paid out $2.5mm and $3mm.

    Times have changed. Not quite NBA money .. but that's quite a climb in 27 years !!!!!!!!!!

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  • ObeeObee  3978ClubWRX Posts: 3,978
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    Why do you ask, OP? Just curious?

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  • PowderedToastManPowderedToastMan  4103Members Posts: 4,103
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    Last time I tried (US Open qualifying) I had two kids. Now I’m up to four. I think with each successive child, my hands have shook progressively more, to now when I hold a putter, it’s like there’s an earthquake. I think I’ve made more babies than 10+ footers in the last 9 years.

    Oddly enough, every other part of my game is just as good or better. My 7 year old offered to putt for me last year though, so that should tell you something.

    I came close to making it to sectionals the two times I tried. Maybe I would have had more luck if I didn’t spend my free time populating the planet (passive brag of the year?).

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  • ZigzogZigzog  260Members Posts: 260
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    I was thinking of giving it a go again. I did a pretty big answer the other day, but then edited it as it wasn't that interesting!

    Basically was considering concentrating 100% on golf for 7 months to see how I got on, including travelling for the best weather and some serious tuition.

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  • ObeeObee  3978ClubWRX Posts: 3,978
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  • ObeeObee  3978ClubWRX Posts: 3,978
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    PING G400 Max - Tour 65 S
    Callaway Rogue 15* 3W
    Titleist H1 19* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Titleist H1 23* Diamana S+ Blue 70hy
    Adams Idea Tech V4 5H 25* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Adams Idea Tech V4 6H 28* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Adams Idea Tech V4 7H 32* ProLaunch Blue 75 HY
    Titleist AP2 716 8i 37* KBS Tour S
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    Don Wood Custom Grind 47* PW
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    Titleist "Vokey Design" 56* K Grind
    Mizuno S18 60/7 LW
    Odyssey Works Versa Tank 1W (bent to 78.5*)
  • jonsnowjonsnow Georgia 1376Members Posts: 1,376
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    May be off track but tried U.S. Amateur qualifying 3 times when I was younger, last time was in 1988. Never tried either of the Opens. Never was a threat to get out of local qualifying, but in 1988 I played with & kept the card for Danny Yates in Atlanta. He qualified, went on to finish runner up to Eric Meeks. I shot my normal 81-83 but it was impressive to witness a real player up close for 36 holes. I didn't have any illusions of being competitive but my handicap was just low enough to enter. It was a chance to play some courses I probably wouldn't get to otherwise, my goal was to break 80. Sadly, didn't achieve it. But I never got "the letter" either!

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  • Irishman1979Irishman1979  156Members Posts: 156
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    Played in numerous U.S. Open qualifiers from the age of 18-23. Always ended up in the low 70's, just couldn't quite get to the number needed to qualify.

    Cashed a few checks on the mini tours in Florida so I know if I had a good day I was capable of qualifying but that just didn't happen unfortunately.

    If I can get my game back to the level I am capable of I'll go out and enter some qualifiers. I took 15 years off from the game so I'm giving myself a couple years before I consider it.

    One thing I notice now being older Is I over think way more than I did when I was in my late teens and early 20's. Back then I was paired with guys who have had status on the Buy.com and PGA tours and I never once thought I couldn't beat them. Played with Craig Perks, Steve Hart, Kevin Streelman, Roy Biancalana and the list can go on. Always held my head up high and felt that every shot with every club I could execute under pressure with them in my group. After being away from the game for so long I struggled with that this year. That mindset is going to be the defining factor if I ever decide to chase the dream one more time. Maybe I'll be one of those guys that plays their best golf once they hit 50.

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