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Daniel Summerhays finishes in tie for 8th at U.S. Open

Daniel Summerhays hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa.
Daniel Summerhays hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa.
Gene J. Puskar, AP

Utah's Daniel Summerhays had started the day in spectacular fashion getting a birdie and an eagle on the final four holes of the third round early Sunday morning. That moved the Utah native to 2-under par into contention at the U.S. Open into a tie for fourth place.

However, things didn’t go as well in the afternoon as Summerhays couldn’t get it going and shot a 74 at Oakmont Country Club, which left him at 2-over-par 282, six shots behind winner Dustin Johnson.

The good news for Summerhays is that he earned a spot in next year’s U.S. Open by his tie-for-eighth-place finish. The top 10 finishers and ties earn exemptions into the following year’s U.S. Open.

Summerhays bogeyed the first hole Sunday for the third straight day and could never get rolling. He made four straight bogeys starting at hole No. 7 to go to 5-over for the day. But he collected himself and played the last eight holes in 1-under par with birdies at 12 and 17 and a bogey at No. 16.

This was Summerhays’ third U.S. Open. He missed the cut in 2010 and finished in a tie for 27th in 2015 at Chambers Bay.