Fourth Frenchman qualified for the US Open

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Fourth Frenchman qualified for the US Open
Fourth Frenchman qualified for the US Open

There were two Frenchmen engaged at the start of the American qualifications for the US Open over 36 holes, based on ten different sites for this marathon called "the longest day in golf". Placed on the course of Durham (North Carolina), Paul Barjon brilliantly qualified for the US Open (June 15-18).

Paul Barjon, Us Open

The New Caledonian by adoption started strong with a 69 card, before slamming a huge clear 64 to finish second in qualifying (there were five places for 76 entered on the Old Chatham course). It will therefore be the third US Open for the native of Bordeaux who will join Victor Perez, Romain Langasque and Matthieu Pavon in Los Angeles in two weeks.

Amateur player Bastien Amat will be the first reserve player after his fine performance at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club located in the far northwest of the United States. Very far after a 75 in the morning, the young Frenchman signed the best card of the afternoon (65) to snatch third place synonymous with first reserve (there were only two places for 54 entered).

The Franco-American Martin Trainer disputed the qualification in Canada. But the Marseillais gave up after a first lap in 70. Viktor Hovland will not have been enough for Zach Bauchou! Just winner of the Memorial Tournament, the Norwegian caddyed his former partner from the University of Oklahoma with whom they had won the NCAA championship in 2018 (also helped by Austin Eckroat, against Lee Hodges and Davis Riley, two other players from 'Alabama defeated in the Finals and currently on the PGA Tour).

But Bauchou will not play the next US Open. Colombian Sebastian Muñoz, Mexican Carlos Ortiz, Spaniard David Puig, and Americans Ryan Armour, Stewart Cink, Luke List, Patrick Rodgers, Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman are the main qualifiers.

Revelation of the last PGA Championship, Michael Block was two strokes short. In 2009, Lucas Glover surprised everyone by winning the US Open after qualifying. The American almost redid part of the way (not the hardest it is true…) by snatching a place as first reserve on the Columbus course, the very place where he had qualified fourteen years ago!

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