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Wednesday May 9, 2021 – Formally known as “golf’s longest day”, golfers took to the course at 9-different locations on Monday (and Tuesday) with the hopes of qualifying for the 2021 U.S. Open.

It was the culmination of 8,860 players signing up for local qualifying to the 60 players who earned their ticket to Torrey Pines.

And while generally play-in events lack the sex appeal worthy of writing about, you might be surprised to see some big-name dudes making their case. Some of which included:

  • Rickie Fowler. 5x PGA Tour winner and former World #4.
  • Keegan Bradley. 2011 PGA Champion and 4x PGA Tour winner.
  • Jason Dufner. 2013 PGA Champion and 5x PGA Tour winner.
  • J.T. Poston. 1x PGA Tour winner and currently #97 in the OWGR.

One player that no-showed? Jason Day. However, it’s not all that surprising on multiple fronts.

First, he withdrew from the Memorial last week due to back issues.

And second, he had previously stated that he would not attempt to play through due to a scheduling conflict with a sponsor. This will be the first major J Day’s missed since 2012.

Honestly, we respect the move. With a bum back, the sponsor relationship (and endorsement $) is more meaningful to Day at this point in the season.

Anyway, the 9-different locations — and the # of qualifiers — included:

  1. Jupiter, FL — The Bear’s Club, 6 qualifiers
  2. Atlanta, GA — Piedmont Driving Club, 5 qualifiers
  3. Rockville, MD — Woodmont CC, 4 qualifiers
  4. Purchase, NY — Century CC, 4 qualifiers
  5. Columbus, OH — Brookside & The Lakes Clubs, 16 qualifiers
  6. Springfield, OH — Springfield CC, 7 qualifiers
  7. Hilton Head, SC — Long Cove Club, 5 qualifiers
  8. Rolling Hills, CA — Rolling Hills CC, 5 qualifiers
  9. Richland, WA — Meadow Springs CC, 2 qualifiers

If you’re interested in seeing a comprehensive list of who qualified, you can check out the results here. For those that want a spoiler we got you covered…

Rickie didn’t make it. He came up 1-short after going 73-66 at the Columbus sectional.

Phil to the rescue?