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Big names qualify for U.S. Open through sectional qualifiers

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Jordan Spieth will play in his second straight U.S. Open. (USATSI)
Jordan Spieth will play in his second straight U.S. Open. (USATSI)

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Some pretty big names survived golf's longest day on Monday and have punched their tickets to the U.S. Open at Merion next week.

Hundreds of golfers were competing for 55+ spots on Monday at 11 locations around the country. Here are a few of the bigger names that emerged from the madness to qualify for the 2013 U.S. Open:

Charley Hoffman
Robert Karlsson
Josh Teater
Aaron Baddeley
Sang Moon Bae
Jerry Kelly
Morgan Hoffmann
Joe Ogilvie
Scott Langley
Scott Stallings
Jordan Spieth

The craziest story to emerge thus far is the Ryan Palmer-Zack Fischer playoff going on at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. Palmer and Fischer are on their ninth playoff hole with play suspended until Tuesday morning because of darkness. They both played No. 18 at Lakewood seven times on Monday to no avail.

The low scores of the day belonged to Brian Stuard (11 under at Springfield Country Club), Charley Hoffman (11 under at Brookside Golf and Country Club and The Lakes Golf and Country Club), Ryan Nelson (11 under at Hawks Ridge Golf Club), and Michael Kim (11 under at Hawks Ridge Golf Club).

The highest score of the day was a 90-83 bloodbath from Austin Amaya at Big Canyon Country Club and Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif. Needless to say, he did not qualify.

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