He’ll be playing alongside them.
Love qualified for the U.S. Open for the third time in the past six years with 2-under-par 139 at Scioto Country Club and Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. He was among 16 players to qualify from the biggest of the 11 sectional qualifying sites across the country Monday.
One of them won’t even get started until today. There was so much rain in Memphis, Tenn., that no one played more than a few minutes. USGA officials hope the course is dry enough to squeeze in 36 holes.
The U.S. Open is June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, and Love, 48, will be making his 23rd appearance in his national open. Others who qualified from Scioto and Scarlet included medalist Charlie Wi, Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points, Rod Pampling and Steve Marino, who only last week returned from a four-month break to recover from a bad shoulder.
The big Ohio qualifier featured mainly players who had just played in the Memorial. Rory Sabbatini and Spencer Levin, who played in the last group and couldn’t hold off Tiger Woods, both failed to qualify. Levin still has a chance to make the U.S. Open if he can crack the top 60 in the world after this week.
In other qualifiers Monday:
• At Rockville, Md., Shane Bertsch was medalist and received one of seven spots at Woodmont Country Club. Bertsch has played only one other U.S. Open in his career, which also was at Olympic Club in 1998 when he missed the cut.
Also qualifying were Michael Thompson (142), Paul Claxton, Cole Howard, Darron Stiles, Nicholas Thompson and Jeff Curl, who all shot 143. Howard and Thompson were alternates out of 18-hole local qualifying in May.
Curl is the son of Rod Curl, the first full-blooded Native American to win a PGA Tour event.
• At Glen Ellyn, Ill., Tim Herron grabbed one of two spots available at Village Links. Herron tied for 53rd in the ‘98 U.S. Open the last time it was played at Olympic.
• At Lecanto, Fla., Scott Langley made it through local and sectional qualify for the second time in three years. Langley made his U.S. Open debut as an amateur at Pebble Beach in 2010 and tied for 16th to share low-amateur honors. Brooks Koepka earned the last spot in a playoff over China’s Andy Zhang, 14, who was bidding to become the youngest ever in the U.S. Open.
• At Springfield, Ohio, Brice Garnett was medalist and earned one of two spots from Springfield Country Club.