Among the 787 golfers vying for 58 spots in the US Open through sectional qualifiers on Monday, two stood out for the rest.
Lee Janzen, age 50, and Retief Goosen, age 46, each have two US Open titls under their belt. Janzen won the sectional in New York while Goosen took the crown by a stroke in Memphis.
It will be Janzen’s first time at the US Open since 2008. He won it in 1993 and 1998. Goosen won his two Opens in 2001 and 2004.
Recent NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau of SMU also won his sectional to get it, as did he man he beat in the final Cheng-Tsun Pan.
But none of them compared to 15-year-old Houston native Cole Hammer, who finished second at the Dallas sectional.
Hammer birdied two of his last four holes to finish with a 2-under 68, one stroke behind winner Mark Silvers, who plays on the Web.com tour, and a spot ahead of Dallas’ Cody Gribble, who played with Jordan Spieth for the University of Texas.
Hammer will be the fourth-youngest player in US Open history. He has won four of his last five junior events and shot a ridiculous 64 in the morning session. He is an early commitment to the University of Texas.