A closer look at who’s teeing it up at 2023 U.S. Open final qualifying

A closer look at who’s teeing it up at 2023 U.S. Open final qualifying
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Golf’s Longest Day is nearly upon us. 

On Monday, June 5, players around North America will compete for the chance to punch their tickets to the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club. 

Golf Channel will be covering Golf’s Longest Day with live updates and reports throughout the day from every site. Field sizes are subject to change and the available spots will be announced on Monday. 

Here’s a look at some notable players at each of the nine sites for U.S. Open final qualifying:

Lambton Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • PGA Tour players include Ryan Armour, Harry Hall, Harry Higgs, Maverick McNealy and Richy Werenski. 
  • Ludvig Aberg: The Texas Tech senior is No. 1 in the world amateur rankings and just earned his PGA Tour card by topping the PGA Tour University standings.
  • Michael Block: The 46-year-old earned low club pro honors at this year’s PGA Championship and carded an ace in the final round. His Cinderella story got him an exemption into the following week’s Charles Schwab Challenge, however, he missed the cut. He’s set the play the RBC Canadian Open the week of qualifying, and the USGA allowed him to move his qualifying site from Hillcrest to Lambton for less travel.

Hillcrest Country Club, Los Angeles, California

  • Dylan Block: The 18-year-old son of Michael Block, Dylan intends to soon turn pro and has reached 197 mph ball speed (Cameron Champ leads the Tour this season in average ball speed at 190.69). 
  • Preston Summerhays: U.S. Junior Amateur winner in 2019 and All-Pac-12 Conference as a sophomore this year at Arizona State University. 
  • Brendan Steele: Three-time PGA Tour winner who now competes on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit. 
  • Norman Xiong: Once a can’t-miss prospect, winning the 2018 Nicklaus and Haskins awards at Oregon as college golf’s top player. Now plays on Korn Ferry Tour and recently finished T-2 at the Visit Knoxville Open.

Pine Tree Golf Club, Boynton Beach, Florida

  • Cameron Kuchar: The 15-year-old son of PGA Tour professional Matt Kuchar. Advanced through an 18-hole local qualifier in Wellington, Florida.
  • Carlos Ortiz: Winner of the Houston Open in 2020. Now plays on LIV and is looking to play in his fourth U.S. Open. 
  • Matthew Wolff: A former star at Oklahoma State who burst onto the scene, winning the 2019 3M Open and rising to No. 12 in the world. Last year, however, he defected to LIV and is now the world’s 260th-ranked player. 

Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Georgia

  • Bill Haas: Six-time PGA Tour winner and 2011 FedExCup champion. 
  • Patton Kizzire: Two-time Tour winner and 2015 Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year.
  • Gordon Sargent: Sophomore at Vanderbilt who won the 2022 NCAA individual title. Was also the 2022-23 SEC Player of the Year. 

Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Maryland

  • Joseph Bramlett: Has played six full seasons on PGA Tour with five top-10s, including three this season. Was the youngest player at the time to qualify for the U.S. Amateur when he competed at age 14 in 2002. He was sidelined for two years due to lateral spine dysfunction but returned to golf in 2018.
  • Marc Leishman: The six-time Tour winner was a perennial top 50 player in the world before bolting to LIV in 2022. Later that year, he said he was “fine not playing” majors anymore, but is still trying to qualify. 
  • Sebastian Munoz: Winner of the Tour’s 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship. Finished T-14 at last year’s U.S. Open and now plays for LIV.

Canoe Brook Country Club (North & South Courses) Summit, N.J.

  • Raymond Floyd Jr: The 48-year-old son of four-time major champion Raymond Floyd. Raymond Jr. currently works for an equity trading firm. 
  • Jim Herman: Three-time PGA Tour winner, most recently the 2020 Wyndham Championship. Former assistant professional at Trump National Golf Club. 
  • Derek Hitchner: Voted West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2023 as a graduate student at Pepperdine. Reached the semifinals last year at the U.S. Amateur. 
  • Ben James: One of five finalists this year for the Division I Jack Nicklaus Award as a freshman at the University of Virginia. 
  • Kelly Kraft: Defeated Patrick Cantlay in the 2011 U.S. Amateur championship final. 
  • Brandon Matthews: One of the game’s longest hitters, a PGA Tour rookie this year with one top-10 (Zurich Classic). 
  • Caleb Surratt: SEC Freshman of the Year and won SEC Championship at Tennessee this year. The U.S. Junior Am runner-up in 2022. 
  • Michael Thorbjornsen: Pac-12 Conference Golfer of the Year at Stanford this year. Won the 2018 U.S. Junior Am and finished fourth at last year’s Travelers Championship, a week after playing in the U.S. Open. 

Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham, North Carolina

  • Chesson Hadley: The 2014 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year when he won the Puerto Rico Open and a four-time Korn Ferry Tour champion. 
  • Spencer Levin: Low-am at Shinnecock Hills’ 2004 U.S. Open and won the KFT’s Veritex Bank Championship in April as a Monday qualifier for his first world-ranked victory in 15 years. 
  • Doc Redman: PGA Tour member who won the 2018 U.S. Amateur at Riviera and was a member of the winning 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team at Los Angeles Country Club. 
  • Bo Van Pelt: The 2009 U.S. Bank Championship winner who took a 1,321-day hiatus from golf between 2016-19 due to injury, but is back and still grinding on the PGA and Korn Ferry tours. 
  • Harold Varner III: The world No. 67 left for LIV in 2022 and recently won the LIV event in Washington D.C. 

Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio

  • Cameron Champ: Long-hitting, three-time Tour winner and member of the 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team. 
  • Stewart Cink: Won The Open Championship in 2009 as one of his eight Tour titles. Nearly won the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills. Finished third in his PGA Tour Champions debut at the Senior PGA Championship.
  • Eric Cole: Thirty-four-year-old Tour rookie and mini-tour legend who lost in a playoff at this year’s Honda Classic and held the Day 1 PGA Championship lead when play was suspended.
  • Pierceson Coody: Former star at the University of Texas who has two KFT wins in the past year. 
  • Luke Donald: Former world No. 1, 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year and 2023 European Ryder Cup captain 
  • Lucas Glover: Won the 2009 U.S. Open and then notched his first win since his major triumph at the 2021 John Deere Classic. 
  • Zach Johnson: Two-time major champion and 2023 U.S. Ryder Cup captain. 
  • Geoff Ogilvy: Won the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and has eight Tour victories. 

Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio

  • PGA Tour players include Nick Hardy, Beau Hossler, Troy Merritt, Taylor Pendrith, Scott Piercy, Sam Stevens and Brian Stuard. 
  • Ryan Brehm: Won the 2022 Puerto Rico Open playing on the final week of a medical exemption. Has no top-10s on Tour since then. 
  • Willie Mack III: Competed on mini-tours for nearly a decade before earning KFT status for 2023. Has made two PGA Tour cuts. 
  • Wyatt Worthington II: PGA professional who competes on APGA Tour. Won first APGA event in April. Has played in the last two PGA Championships. 

Tacoma Country & Golf Club, Lakewood, Washington

  • Max Ennis: Seventeen-year-old who has won two Idaho Junior Amateur championships and captured the Class 5A state high school championship as a freshman in 2021 and was runner-up in 2022. 
  • Max Herendeen: An 18-year-old high school senior who won last year’s WIAA state championship. He will attend the University of Illinois this fall. 
  • Joe Highsmith: Has KFT status and was fourth in this year’s Panama Championship. A two-time All-American at Pepperdine. 

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