Brian Stuard at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2019. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
(June 8, 2021 8:05 PM) When all else fails, head to Springfield, Ohio.
That is what PGA Tour player Brian Stuard must be thinking heading into the summer months.
Stuard shot rounds of 66 and 69 at Springfield Country Club in Ohio on Monday to qualify for the U.S. Open PGA Tour next week.
Stuard finished 5-under-par for two rounds to finish fourth in the qualifying tournament. The top seven earned spots in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California June 17-20.
The PGA held numerous qualifying tournaments all over the country the last three months. A total of 11 qualifying tournaments were held on Monday.
Stuard has taken that path from Springfield to play in the U.S. Open five times.
Next week’s U.S. Open will be his 10th major as a professional and sixth U.S. Open.
Stuard said he had a lot of experience playing in the Open qualifier at Springfield.
“I have a good idea of how to play the course,” Stuard said on Tuesday. “The greens are tough, but I putted well on Monday.”
Stuard will be crisscrossing the country the next three weeks. He is playing in the PGA Tour event in Palmetto Championship at Congaree in South Carolina.
Next week he will be in California for the U.S. Open than travel to the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
He is scheduled to play in the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit July 1-4.
“That is the plan right now,” Stuard said.
He is currently 117th on the PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup Series points lead. The top 125 qualify for the playoffs in mid-August at the Northern Trust.
“I have been playing okay, but not good enough (all the time),” Stuard said. “I will have a couple of good rounds then one bad one.”
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