10 slots locked up for U.S. Open 


Stephen Ames and Joe Durant were among nine players who booked their places at next week’s U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in a weather-delayed sectional qualifier in Memphis on Tuesday.

A heavy thunderstorm on Monday had forced the 36-hole qualifier into a second day before Ames and Durant finally emerged among the fortunate nine, posting matching totals of 8-under-par 134.

PGA Tour rookie Tommy Biershenk led the way at 9-under-par.

Also advancing to the June 14-17 Open were PGA Tour players Joe Ogilvie, Bill Lunde, Hunter Haas and Roberto Castro, plus Aaron Watkins and amateur Hunter Hamrick.

Castro secured the final spot in a three-way playoff with Kyle Thompson and amateur Bobby Wyatt.
Among those missing out in a field of 74 were tour veterans Justin Leonard, David Duval, Jeff Maggert and Lee Janzen, who won the last U.S. Open played at Olympic in 1998.

Earlier on Tuesday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore, Nick Sherwood knocked in a three-foot par putt to beat fellow amateur Daniel Miernicki in a playoff for the final spot. 

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