What’s next: Ten qualify for 2018 U.S. Open

By ADAM LINDEMER - Daily News

June 20, 2017

Tommy Fleetwood of England reacts after missing a putt on hole No. 10 on Sunday.
John Ehlke/Daily News


TOWN OF ERIN — By winning the U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills on Sunday, Brooks Koepka is exempted from the tournament for the next 10 years. He shot a record-tying 16-under par 272 (67-70-68-67).

Along with the 27-yearold Floridian, players who finished in the top 10 — including ties — qualify for the 2018 U.S. Open. That championship will be played at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York.

The 10 other golfers who qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open Championship:
 

T2. Hideki Matsuyama Round-by-round: 74-65- 71-66 (276) Quotable: “I played really well (Sunday). Came up a little bit short. No regrets, but I did play well. … I learned a lot this week. Hopefully though, in the future, in majors, I can play in either the last or next to last group to give myself a better chance. But I’m happy with the way I played, and it gives me confidence going forward.”

❑❑❑

T2. Brian Harman Round-by-round: 67-70- 67-72 (276) Quotable: “I don’t believe in moral victories. I had an opportunity today and I didn’t get it done. But at the same time, I don’t feel like I lost a golf tournament. I think Brooks went out and won the tournament. … Yeah, if you had told me I was going to shoot 12-under this year at the U.S. Open and not win, I would’ve taken the bet for sure.”

❑❑❑

4. Tommy Fleetwood Round-by-round: 67-70- 68-72 (277) Quotable: “I’ve never contended for a major before, so when you get to Saturday and Sunday, you’ve got to see how you react and how you feel. … I enjoyed

late Saturday and Sunday, and then next time, whenever that comes, I’ll play well enough to get myself in contention.”

❑❑❑

T5. Xander Schauffele Round-by-round: 66-73-70-69 (278)

Quotable: “I mean, I’m not in shock of how well I played. I’ve been playing well for a while now. I’m just acting like a rookie and making mistakes like a rookie.”

❑❑❑

T5. Bill Haas Round-by-round: 72-68-69-69 (278)

Quotable: “It was cool — my second major, second U.S. Open, but first one I made the cut in. … I have really good memories from that place.” — Haas about Shinnecock Hills

David Lingmerth of England watches his approach shot on hole No. 8 Sunday afternoon during the final round of the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills in the town of Erin.
John Ehlke/Daily News

❑❑❑

T5. Rickie Fowler Round-by-round: 65-73-68-72 (278)

Quotable: “I feel like golf-wise I’m playing at the highest level. If you look at the negatives too much, you’re going to be stuck doing that the whole time. You have to measure success in different ways, not just by winning, just because that doesn’t happen a whole lot. I think Tiger had the best winning percentage of all-time at 30 percent. You’re lucky to even sniff close to 10 (percent).”

❑❑❑

8. Charley Hoffman Round-by-round: 70-70-68-71 (279)

Quotable: “Didn’t make as many putts as I’d like, but very happy with the way I composed myself after the eighth hole. I could have let it go downhill pretty fast there, and I was able to hang on there and finish with a decent tournament.”

❑❑❑

T9. Trey Mullinax Round-by-round: 71-72-69-68 (280)

Quotable: “Just qualifying for this event is huge. You get to play in the U.S. Open — it’s a huge deal. It’s what you dream of playing. You dream about playing the majors when you’re a kid playing golf. And I got to play in my first one and it’s been awesome.”

❑❑❑

T9. Brandt Snedeker Round-by-round: 70-69-70-71 (280)

Quotable: “Did a lot of good stuff, but obviously wasn’t good enough. I had chances, but just wasn’t able to get it done. Part of golf. Part of being the U.S. Open. It’s going to test you.”

❑❑❑

T9. Justin Thomas Round-by-round: 73-69-63-75 (280)

Quotable: “Well, (Sunday) wasn’t going to be like (Saturday), regardless. That’s not fair to say (that it would’ve been). ... I mean, to be honest, it just sucks to not even have a chance on that back nine. To try to go out there and try to get in a top 5 or trying to get up near the lead is not what I play for, but, unfortunately, that’s really all I was dealt, so it’s what I had to try to do.”

❑❑❑

Scottie Scheffler finished as the low amateur with a four-day total of 1-under 287. His four rounds were 69, 74, 71 and 73.

He didn’t let the amateur tag bother or deter him from his goals.

“Well, the expectations I brought in, I was trying to compete and see if I could win the golf tournament,” Scheffler said Sunday. “I think it would’ve been pretty cool winning the U.S. Open as an (amateur). As the week went on, coming into (Sunday) I kind of realized I didn’t have a shot anymore, but I still wanted to play my best golf and see what I could do.” The other amateur that made the cut for the final two rounds was Cameron Champ. Scheffler tied for 27th and Champ tied for 32nd.

Champ entered the final round at 4-under, but shot a 76 to finish the championship at evenpar 288. He started with a 70 in the first round, followed by a 69 and 73.

“I just wanted to be in the hunt to be the low (amateur). That was my only expectation, really.” Champ said. “And I did that. Me and Scottie are good buddies, so I’m happy for him. I wish I could be up there myself, but I’m happy for him. I did my best, but I came up a little short.”

❑❑❑

While Koepka became a firsttime major champion — and the seventh consecutive first-time champ in golf’s majors — there were 50 players who made their first U.S. Open appearance at Erin Hills.

Only 13 survived Friday’s cut day, and three managed to finish in the top 13.

Schauffele led the way for the newcomers. Placing fifth automatically qualifies him for the 2018 Masters Tournament.

“I don’t know all the doors that are opening as of right now, but hopefully a lot of them are opening,” Schauffele said.

Mullinax tied for ninth. He and Schauffele automatically qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.

“Now that it’s done, I can sit back and reflect on it and wish I didn’t have those three-putts and four-putts,” Mullinax said. “But it’s all a learning experience. I mean it’s my first year out here. I’m a rookie. I’m still learning.”

Si Woo Kim finished tied for 13th. Cameron Champ, Jordan Niebrugge, Jonathan Randolph, Satoshi Kodaira, Meen Whee Kim, Ryan Brehm, Kevin Dougherty, Talor Gooch, Tyler Light and Haotong Li also advanced to the final two days.