Maxwell Moldovan suffered a gut-wrenching playoff defeat in U.S. Open final qualifying on June 5, losing an eight-hole playoff to Alex Schaake at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club for the last of the five available spots. The Ohio State All-American, however, got a mulligan when he was added to the field a week later as an alternate when the five spots being held for anyone getting inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking on June 12 were not filled. In fact, the 21-year-old from Uniontown, Ohio, was the last player to get a tee time at The Los Angeles Country Club, and he is making the most of the opportunity. After missing the 36-hole cut in 2022 at The Country Club, Moldovan, one of 19 amateurs in the field, carded a 1-over-par 71 on Friday to put himself in position to make the cut, which was trending at 2-over 142. This should bolster his World Amateur Golf Ranking, which moved to No. 19 on Wednesday. It could also help his chances to make the 10-man USA Walker Cup Team that will take on Great Britain & Ireland in September on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Moldovan, a rising senior, had a strong spring, winning the Auburn (Ala.) Regional and helping the Buckeyes qualify for the NCAA Championships in Arizona.