For those who don’t keep an eye on the weekly Monday qualifiers played for spots on the PGA Tour and secondary Korn Ferry Tour, the assumption that 2002 Australian Open champion Stephen Allan had retired was probably a safe one.
But for those diehard golf fans and Allan’s fellow players without status on one of the world’s main Tours, the man known as the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ is very much still an active player.
One who has been enormously unlucky at the Monday qualifiers that might be one of the toughest deals in sport. However, Allan’s luck has taken a turn, with the Victorian securing a spot at next week’s US Open at Torrey Pines this morning.
Regularly firing low rounds on a Monday only to miss a spot in a PGA Tour field by one shot, with only occasional starts coming his way, Allan, the son of Scottish immigrants to Australia, finished the two-round qualifying at four-under to earn one of two spots on offer at Meadow Springs Country Club in Washington.
Steve's kid on the bag as always. So cool pic.twitter.com/YdSQHLFGXp— Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1) June 8, 2021
Based in Arizona, Allan had his young son on the bag as is often the case when the St. Kilda AFL fan tees it up at qualifying events and earnt his spot with a second round 68 that included five birdies and a bogey at the penultimate hole that nearly cost him his major berth when finishing tied with America’s RJ Manke. Allan earnt the spot after extra holes to decide who would head to Southern California and Torrey Pines.
The US Open will be Allan’s eighth major championship start at 47 years of age, his best finish coming at the same event in 2005.
No other Aussies managed to get through the gruelling 36-hole final qualifying referred to as ‘Golf’s Longest Day’, with young up and comer Karl Vilips going close in Florida at The Bear’s Club, finishing four shots back of the qualifying group including PGA Tour players Patrick Rodgers and Branden Grace.
One final site of the nine played today remains active, with the majority of qualifiers set to come from the Columbus Ohio event played across Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club.
With 16 spots on offer and held at nearby Muirfield Village, site of last week’s Memorial Tournament, there are PGA Tour winners and major champions battling it out for a major championship start.
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