The director of instruction at the Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Neb., earned his first U.S. Open start by being among the top three points leaders in the 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year standings. The U.S. Open will be Vermeer's second major-championship start of 2020 as he also qualified for the PGA Championship in August at Harding Park in San Francisco. Vermeer, a former touring pro, also qualified for the PGA Championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019, finishing T-80 in the latter at Bethpage State Park. Born in Spencer, Iowa, Vermeer played his college golf at the University of Kansas, the same school that produced reigning U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, from 1997-2000. He won a record seven events for the Jayhawks and was an All-American in 1999 and 2000. He turned professional in 2000 and competed on the Buy.com Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour) in 2001. He later became a club professional and won the 2018 PGA Professional Championship, becoming the first Nebraska PGA Section player to claim that title.
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