June 5, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- San Francisco junior Cory McElyea survived a three-way playoff in the U.S. Open sectional qualifier tournament at Newport Beach to earn a spot in next week's U.S. Open field at historic Merion Golf Club outside of Philadephia.
McElyea posted a 36-hole score of 138 after rounds of 69 at the Newport Beach and Big Canyon Country Clubs, but found himself in a three-way tie for the final two spots with Cal's Max Homa and Jesse Schutte.
McElyea and Homa earned trips to Merion after both parred the second playoff hole while Schutte bogied.
Three birdies on the back nine at the Newport Beach Country Club helped McElyea to card a 69 in his morning round. He turned in another 69 at the Big Canyon Country Club in the afternoon thanks in part to four straight birdies to open his back nine.
Billed as "golf's longest day," 56 spots for the U.S. Open were up for grabs today at 11 sectional qualifiers throughout the country. Bio Kim (133), Steven Alker (137) and Roger Tambellini (137) also advanced to Merion through the Newport Beach qualifier.
This will be the fifth U.S. Open played at Merion's East Course, which was opened in 1912. The past champions at Merion are Olin Dutra (1934), Ben Hogan (1950), Lee Trevino (1971) and David Graham (1981).