With a lot of rain in the forecast for the Columbus, Ohio, area on Monday, a lot of PGA Tour players don’t find the prospect of a 36-hole qualifier to get in the U.S. Open field so appealing. The result? Some 19 players have withdrawn from the Monday tournament to be played at Brookside Golf & Country Club and Lakes Golf & Country Club.
Among those who have pulled out the event are Charles Howell III, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III and Brendon de Jonge, who missed the cut at the Memorial on Friday. Not all of the WDs are because of the weather forecast. Some guys are injured. Some just want a break.
Matt Jones saw his week at Muirfield Village as his chance to qualify for the U.S. Open, according to Golf Channel. The top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking after the tournament will earn a spot at Chambers Bay. Jones, who was No. 71 entering the week, didn’t earn the minimum fourth-place Memorial finish he needed to earn that Open exemption.