Every year but two over the last 50 years, at least one golfer with Utah ties has played in the U.S. Open.
Starting today, when many of the top golfers in the world tee it up at the Erin Hills Golf Club in Wisconsin, the state will be represented by just one Utahn, Farmington’s Daniel Summerhays.
Summerhays tees off Thursday at 11:52 a.m. (MDT) in a group with Japan's Satoshi Kodaira and France’s Alexander Levy off the No. 10 tee. The 33-year-old former BYU all-American earned a spot in this year’s Open by finishing in a tie for eighth place at last year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Summerhays would love to have another strong finish after finishing third in last year’s PGA Championship and making the cut at his first Masters in April, Summerhays currently ranks 134th in the FedEx standings with $507,876 in earnings this season.
His best finish this year was earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, where he ended up in a tie for 10th after leading the tournament by three after three rounds.
Nine other local golfers failed to qualify for the Open at sectional qualifiers last week. The most prominent was Lehi’s Tony Finau, who missed qualifying in Ohio by two strokes. Finau, who is ranked 31st in the FedEx standings this year, has played in the last two U.S. Opens.