Neither Daniel Summerhays nor Tony Finau knew until Sunday afternoon — officially Monday morning — that they would be playing in this week’s U.S. Open at Oakmont CC in Pennsylvania.
Both Utahns had lost in playoffs at U.S. Open sectionals a week earlier and were put on alternate lists. However, each golfer was able to secure one of the five “TBD” spots that the USGA had set aside for later qualifiers for the tournament. When no players qualified on the last weekend, five alternates, including Summerhays and Finau, joined the field.
Summerhays will tee off the No. 10 tee at 10:30 a.m. MT, with Finau going off two groups later at 10:52. Summerhays will play with England’s Lee Slattery and Miguel Tabuena of the Phillipines, while Finau goes with Sweden’s Alex Noren and Jason Kokrak of the U.S.
On Friday, Summerhays tees off in the first group of the day at 6:45 a.m. local time (4:45 a.m. MT) with Finau following two groups later.
Both Summerhays, who lives in Fruit Heights, and Finau, who lives in Lehi, played well in last year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington. The two former Utah Amateur champions were tied for fifth place after two rounds and Finau ended up in a tie for 14th place and Summerhays in a tie for 27th place.
This will be Summerhays’ third U.S. Open and Finau’s second.
A couple of golfers in the U.S. Open familiar to local golf fans include Spain’s Jon Rahm, who won the Pac-12 tournament at the Salt Lake Country Club six weeks ago, and Patton Kizzire, who won the Utah Championship Web.com Tour event last August at Thanksgiving Point GC.