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Levy Wins U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:51 Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:46

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SURREY, England (AP) — Alexander Levy of France had rounds of 66-67 to earn one of 11 spots in the U.S. Open from the sectional qualifier in England.

One day after Levy slipped out of the top 60 in the world ranking that would have made him exempt for the U.S. Open, the Frenchman made 14 birdies on the Old and New courses at Walton Heath to lead all qualifiers.

The U.S. Open is June 18-21 at Chambers Bay outside Seattle.

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U.S. Open the Most Democratic of Majors

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:15 Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:11

Luke DonaldCanadian Press

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The names of golf’s two oldest championships are similar, and so are the concepts.

The British Open and the U.S. Open are open to anyone who wants to qualify. The difference between them, other than the 35 years of history and the turf on which golf is played, was evident Monday when the final exemptions were awarded through the world ranking.

The U.S. Open took the top 60 in the world who were not already eligible, adding 24 players to the field at Chambers Bay in three weeks. That brought the number to 74 players who do not have to qualify, and it brought a smile to the face of the USGA.

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McDowell Plans a Quiet Approach for the U.S. Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:09 Tuesday, 26 May 2015 19:54

Graeme McDowellCanadian Press

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has heard some reports of Chambers Bay, everything from a massive drop in elevation on a par 3 to a fairway wider than a football field. Until his first practice round for the U.S. Open, he is reserving judgment. And even so, expect to hear very little from a guy who often has a lot to say.

Chalk that up to recent experience.

“We’re all guilty of getting caught up in the negativity sometimes,” McDowell said. “I made a promise to myself after Valhalla that I wasn’t ever going to get caught up with that again. Someone is going to pick up the trophy and laugh at your comments. You have nothing to gain.”

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Kirk Makes Par Putt at 18 to Win Colonial; Spieth 2nd Again

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 02:18 Monday, 25 May 2015 01:56

Chris KirkCanadian Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (Stephen Hawkins/AP) — As Chris Kirk waited to putt on the 18th green, Jordan Spieth was watching nearby in anticipation of a possible playoff at Colonial.

Kirk was also expecting a playoff. He just thought it would be with playing partner Brandt Snedeker and not Spieth, the local Masters champion who was within one stroke of Kirk’s lead after draining a 20-foot birdie at No. 18 when finishing two groups earlier.

In the end, there were no extra holes Sunday.

Kirk got the plaid jacket that goes to the winner at Hogan’s Alley, and Spieth finished as a runner-up in Texas for the third time this season.

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Colin Montgomerie Wins Senior PGA Championship

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 01:56 Monday, 25 May 2015 01:47

Colin MontgomerieCanadian Press

FRENCH LICK, Indiana (Phil Richards/AP) — There were no last-second buzzer-beaters in Larry Bird’s hometown on a bright, breezy Sunday.

Colin Montgomerie turned in a command performance, shooting a 3-under 69 on the treacherous Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to win the Senior PGA Championship by four shots.

Montgomerie earned $495,000 for his third senior major championship victory in 10 appearances, including three of the past six. The 51-year-old Scot’s 8-under total of 280 made him one of only five players under par, the fewest since three closed the championship in red numbers at Canterbury in Cleveland in 2009.

Mexico’s Esteban Toledo shot a 69 to finish second.

Montgomerie was happy but drained.

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