116th U.S. Open: Sectional Qualifying
For the nearly 600 players who advance through local qualifying and the hundreds of others who are exempt, this is the second and final stage for U.S. Open hopefuls. There will be 12 sectional qualifying sites – one international site in Japan and England, respectively – and 10 in the U.S. The Japan sectional will take place May 23 at Higashi Hirono Golf Club in Hyogo Prefecture, while Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey will host qualifying in England for the 12th consecutive year, on May 30. All 10 U.S. sectional qualifiers will be conducted on June 6.
Often referred to as "Golf’s Longest Day," sectional qualifiers are played over 36 holes in one day. These qualifiers are not only a test of skill, but also of endurance and mental fortitude. Spots are determined by the quantity and quality of the field. In most years, sectional qualifying produces nearly half of the 156-player field. Lucas Glover, the 2009 champion at Bethpage Black, remains the most recent sectional qualifier to win the U.S. Open. In 2005, Michael Campbell validated the USGA’s decision to add international qualifying sites by winning the championship at Pinehurst No. 2 after advancing from the Walton Heath sectional, in the first year of international qualifying. Orville Moody (1969) is the most recent golfer to win the U.S. Open by enduring both stages of qualifying.