US OPEN: SC connections

June 11, 2014 

US Open Golf

Lucas Glover hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The tournament starts Thursday.

CHARLIE RIEDEL — AP

ANDREW DORN

STATE CONNECTION: Plays at Coastal Carolina

HOW QUALIFIED: An amateur, he shot 3-under-par 137 in Sectional qualifying at Springfield, Ohio. He birdied the final hole to become first alternate and moved into the field after Thomas Bjorn withdrew.

2013-14 SEASON: In the summer of 2013, he won the North & South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2, won the Ohio Amateur and qualified for the

U.S. Amateur. A junior, he led Coastal Carolina in scoring this year with a 73.28 average .

U.S. OPEN HISTORY: First U.S. Open.

LUCAS GLOVER

STATE CONNECTION: Greenville native who played at Clemson

HOW QUALIFIED: U.S. Open champion in past 10 years (2009).

2013-14 SEASON: Has made seven cuts in 21 starts with a best finish of T14 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He ranks 171st in PGA Tour earnings.

U.S. OPEN HISTORY: His eight Open appearances are highlighted by his 2009 championship. Otherwise, the tourney has not been kind with five missed cuts, a T58 and a T42.

BILL HAAS

STATE CONNECTION: Grew up in Greer and lives in Greenville. Played at Wake Forest.

HOW QUALIFIED: Played in 2013 Tour Championship and ranked in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Rankings as of May 26.

2013-14 SEASON: One of the PGA Tour’s most consistent players who has missed one weekend – when he withdrew from the RBC Heritage with a wrist injury. Has three top 10s and ranked 39th in earnings.

U.S. OPEN HISTORY: This will be his sixth Open. He made the cut and finished T40 in 2004, one of his two appearances as an amateur. As a pro, he has missed the cut the past two years after T23 in 2011.

RUSSELL HENLEY

STATE CONNECTION: Daniel Island resident. Played at Georgia

HOW QUALIFIED: Ranked in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Rankings as of May 26, 2014.

2013-14 SEASON: Won the Honda Classic, making birdie on the first extra hole to defeat Rory McIlroy, Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer. Had a T7 in Houston, but he has missed the cut in four of his past five starts. He ranks 35th in PGA Tour earnings.

U.S. OPEN HISTORY: This will be his fourth Open. He tied for 16th (2010) and 42nd (2011) as an amateur and missed the cut last year as a professional.

DUSTIN JOHNSON

STATE CONNECTION: Columbia native who played at Coastal Carolina.

HOW QUALIFIED: Played in 2013 Tour Championship and ranked in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Rankings as of May 26.

2013-14 SEASON: With a win in the WGC tourney in Shanghai and five other top-10s, including a second at Riviera and a tie for second in the AT&T at Pebble Beach, he is third in PGA Tour earnings with more than $3.7 million in 13 starts.

U.S. OPEN HISTORY: Has made the cut in five of his six Opens. He had the lead after three rounds in 2010 at Pebble Beach before finishing T8. Otherwise, his best finish is T23 in 2011.

KEVIN KISNER

STATE CONNECTION: Aiken native who lives in his home town. Played at Georgia.

HOW QUALIFIED: Shot 8-under-par 135 to tie for third in Sectional qualifying in Memphis, finishing two strokes behind medalist Hudson Swofford.

2013-14 SEASON: In his third PGA Tour season, he has made the cut in seven of his past eight starts – including a T6 in the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. The hot streak has helped him climb more than 50 spots to 114th in PGA Tour earnings.

U.S. OPEN HISTORY: First U.S. Open.

Bob Spear

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