Pope seems to always find his game at U.S. Open qualifiers as he earned his way to a fifth appearance by way of the Purchase, N.Y., final qualifier at Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club. But this was the first time Pope did not have to navigate local qualifying to get through to the championship proper. By tying for 58th at Pebble Beach in 2019, Pope avoided local qualifying. He also tied for 70th in 2015 at Chambers Bay, but missed the cut in 2016 and 2017. He won the 2004 Atlantic 10 Conference title as a sophomore at Xavier and was the conference runner-up the previous year. He also was the 2002 Illinois Junior Player of the Year.
|2019||Pebble Beach Golf Links||72-71-75-71--289||+5||T-58|
|2016||Oakmont Country Club||77-74||+11||MC|