U.S. Open local qualifier shortened to 17 holes because of grass problem

U.S. Open local qualifier shortened to 17 holes because of grass problem



A U.S. Open local qualifier was shortened from 18 holes to 17 holes. Wait, what?

That's right. The U.S. Open local qualifying tournament at Bethpage State Park's Red Course was cut down by a single hole because of some kind of grass problem.

There are plenty of issues that could explain why the tournament was officially shortened, including a winterkill on a green that could have made it impossible to putt -- at least with the path to Chambers Bay on the line.

Of course, the natural question is: Why still have the tournament there? It's not like this came as a shock and the problem arose in a matter of hours.

Nevertheless, seven players qualified to move on to the sectional stage, with Kevin Ausserlechner finishing as medalist at 5-under 62.

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