It's one of the best and most underrated spectacles in the game of golf. It comes to Central Ohio in early June every year. Of course, I am talking about the U.S. Open Final Qualifier.
The United States Open Golf Championship, one of the four major events on the men’s professional golf calendar, stands out among the rest, as it is truly an “open”. Almost 10,000 of the top golfers in the world registered for the national championship, which will be played in mid-June at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. In a previous U.S. Open in Brookline, a player who was living across the street from the course and worked at sporting goods store was the winner of the championship. So seriously, this is truly an “open”.
That list of 10,000 registrants is first cut down to around 100 through a series of qualifiers. Only 60-70 of the most accomplished golfers are given exemptions into the championship.
With the Memorial Tournament Presented by WorkDay being played the weekend before the qualifiers, it causes the U.S. Open qualifier in Central Ohio to be the most convenient qualifier site for top PGA TOUR pros. In just the last two years, popular players such as Rickie Fowler, Colin Morikawa, Adam Scott, Max Homa, and Joaquin Niemann have teed it up at this qualifier.
You’ll be sure to see some recognizable names, but the fact that the event is an “open” creates an interesting dynamic as well. PGA TOUR pros are commonly paired with PGA teaching professionals, mini-tour professionals, collegiate players, and sometimes, even local high school golfers.
Another cool aspect for the fans is that there are no ropes at the U.S. Open qualifier. Effectively, spectators can walk in the fairways alongside the golfers as long as they give the players space to do their job. This makes it great for fans to see exactly what top-class golfers go through before, during, and after their shots.
The U.S. Open Final Qualifier will be played this year in Powell, Ohio on Monday, June 6, at Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club, and Wedgewood Golf & Country Club. Admission and parking are both free. For qualifier details, visit https://www.ohiogolf.org/events/2022-usga-us-open-final.
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This blog was written by Jack Rubin who runs Cbus Clubhouse full time. Head there for more news on all levels of golf in Central Ohio.