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Michael Block just misses chance to qualify for U.S. Open

Field Level Media
06 Jun 2023, 10:40 GMT+10

The feel-good story of the PGA Championship won't get an encore at the U.S. Open.

Michael Block, the 46-year-old club professional who tied for 15th last month at Oak Hill Country Club, narrowly missed out on making the field for this month's major championship at Los Angeles Country Club.

Competing in a 36-hole qualifier in Toronto on Monday, Block finished sixth of 27 players but needed to make the top three to earn his spot in the U.S. Open.

Block shot rounds of 69 and 66 to go 5 under at Lambton Golf Country Club, according to the USGA's website. That was two spots out of the third and final guaranteed place, and one shot behind Harry Hall of England and Jimmy Walker, two PGA Tour players who were named alternates.

Ryan Gerard was the site's medalist at 11 under (63-66). Vincent Norrman of Sweden (69-63) and Ryan Armour (66-67) grabbed the second and third spots.

Block still finished better than PGA Tour players Harry Higgs, Richy Werenski and Englishman Callum Tarren.

Block, the head pro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif., moved his entry from the Los Angeles-area qualifier to Toronto because he received a sponsor's exemption to compete in the RBC Canadian Open later this week.

Block's 18-year-old son, amateur Dylan Block, also reached the final round of U.S. Open qualifying but will not make it. The younger block opened with a 10-over 81 at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles and was even for his round with four holes to go as of Monday evening.

The largest qualifier took place in Columbus, Ohio, given that the PGA Tour was in the area for the Memorial Tournament last weekend. Olin Browne Jr., the 34-year-old son of former PGA Tour winner Olin Browne, beat out 102 other golfers for medalist honors at 11 under (66-67).

Stewart Cink, who turned 50 last month, earned his way into the major with a 68-67 showing. He was part of a large tie for third at 9 under. Other PGA Tour players advancing from Columbus included Davis Thompson, Eric Cole, Luke List and Patrick Rodgers. Kevin Streelman and 2009 U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover were part of a four-for-three playoff ongoing as of Monday evening.

Canada's Taylor Pendrith made the field by finishing second at his qualifier in Springfield, Ohio.

Cameron Kuchar, the 15-year-old son of PGA Tour veteran Matt Kuchar, did not qualify after shooting 76-76 at his qualifier in Boynton Beach, Fla.

--Field Level Media

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