J.T. Poston Finishes First in U.S. Open Sectional in Columbus


The most popular sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open occurred in Columbus, OH, the site of last week’s Memorial Tournament.

It had 14 spots available for 120 players, and had, by far, the largest number of recognizable names in the field. The top spot went to J.T. Poston, who shot a pair of 66’s.

Just 24 years old, Poston will be playing in his first major tournament when he tees up at Erin Hills.


  • Star-studded: Among the 14 players who qualified for the U.S. Open via the Columbus sectional qualifier were notables Bud Cauley, Martin Laird, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, Jamie Lovemark, Bryson DeChambeau, and David Lingmerth. Bradley and Cink both have one major championship apiece.
  • Rookie Campaign: Poston, a collegiate star at Western Carolina, has played well in his rookie season, making 14 cuts in 19 events, including 10 of his last 11, with a high finish of T10 at the Puerto Rico Open. He is currently 99th in the FedEx Cup standings.
  • Missed-cuts: Notable players to miss the cut in Columbus include Kevin Tway, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, KJ Choi, Luke Donald, Nick Watney, Patrick Cantlay, and Davis Love III.

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