Justin Leonard Qualifies for US Open
One of the PGA’s shining stars in the late 1990s and early 200s, Justin Leonard will return to the US Open this year by way of qualifying at the Columbus site on Tuesday.
The 42-year-old Leonard, who won the 1997 British Open at age 25, failed to qualify for the US Open the last three years. He finished as high as 15th at the US Open in 1999, doing so at Pinehurst, where the tournament will be held again this season.
Leonard competed in the Memorial over the weekend, then went straight to Columbus, playing 18 holes Monday and again on Tuesday. He tied for 37th at the Memorial.
There are currently 150 players qualified for the US Open, which starts next Thursday. That means there are six spots left int he field, which will go to either players who make it into the Top 60 in the world ranking between now and next week, or to an unreleased list of alternates.