As in Tin Cup, if your handicap is low enough you can try to qualify for the US Open. This year is no different than any other year. There are going to be a lot of players you know, some you don’t and a couple of them will be missing.
The field is made up of the following…
- U.S. Open champions: 11
- U.S. Amateur champions: 8
- Amateurs: 14 (only 2015 and 2009 had more since 1983)
- Golfers who started in local qualifying: 21 (fewest since 2013)
- Golfers who played in 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills: 18
- Golfers from United States: 87
- Total countryes represented: 23
- First-timers: 50
With that there are the usual suspects that we think will be there on Sunday when it matters, Jordan, Dustin, Jason and Rory. As we are the golfing dads we are going to root for Dustin out of that group as he has stayed in California this week to be there for the birth of his second child.
We also some rooting interest to a friend of the golfing dads in Kyle Thompson. He is on the Web.com tour and made it through the regional qualifier to get into the field at Erin Hills. If you don’t follow Kyle on Instagram you should! He is awesome. And best of all, he is a Golfing Dad.
Davis Love III will be at Erin Hills this week but he wont be playing. He is going to be caddying for his son Dru who got through the regional qualifier and is going to be making his pro debut this week.
Dads Say So that the next four days are going to be a lot of fun. Tiger and Phil likely wont be there and this will be the first major in many years that they wont be competing it. As they have entered the final stages of their career, players, like the ones we mentioned above, will do a great job competing this week and when it is all said and done either on Father’s Day or if there is that 18 hole play off on Monday there will be an awesome story written about the 2017 US Open Champion.