Canadians tumble at U.S. Open qualifiers

David Hearn pulled out of his U.S. Open qualifier so that he could rest for the upcoming St. Jude...

David Hearn pulled out of his U.S. Open qualifier so that he could rest for the upcoming St. Jude Classic in Memphis. (MATT SULLIVAN/Reuters file photo)

TIM McKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

COLUMBUS - Finding a Canadian at Monday's qualifier here was as tough as finding a ball in the rough at the U.S. Open.

Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont.? He withdrew, apparently making the decision on Friday after missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament with miserable rounds of 83 and 81.

Brantford, Ont.'s David Hearn? He pulled out after finishing tied for 25th at the Memorial, his management group saying he was resting because he has been playing a lot and he wants to give himself the opportunity to play well at this week's St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont., was a no-show and Stratford, Ont.'s Brett Nymeyer withdrew after a first-round 84 because he had a morning tee time Tuesday at an Ontario amateur event and getting a spot in the U.S. Open field was not going to happen in the afternoon.

Dave Levesque of Ste-Catherine, Que., a club pro, was the top Canadian at the Ohio sectional, posting a respectable four-over par 145 to finish in a tie for 43rd. Strathmore, Alta.'s Stuart Anderson was plus-9 to finish in a tie for 75th and Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., finished at 10 over in a tie for 87th.

Levesque spent six years on the Canadian Tour and now plays events on the Quebec Tour. He never had made it to a sectional qualifier and the format is something he thinks is a great opportunity.

"It's awesome," Levesque said. "It allows non-Tour players to make the big show.

For Anderson, it's back to work this week at the Canadian Tour Times Colonist Classic in Victoria, B.C. He doesn't think his game was too far off.

"I hit a lot of good shots, but the course set up pretty hard," he said.

James Love of Calgary, who got into the field as an alternate, fell just short of qualifying in Suwanee, Ga., placing fourth with just three spots available.

Last year's top Canadian at the U.S. Open, Abbotsford, B.C.'s Adam Hadwin, finished 12th in Rockville, Md., missing out on one of seven Open spots.

Emira, Ont.'s Garrett Rank tied for sixth spot in Springfield, Ohio, but only two spots were available.

Stephen Ames of Calgary, who qualified for the British Open a couple weeks back, still has a shot as his Memphis, Tenn., qualifier was rained out and is to be played Tuesday.

U.S. OPEN QUALIFIER CANADIAN RESULTS

Name, From, Qualifier, Score, Place

James Love, Calgary, Sewanee, Ga., -4, 4

Garrett Rank, Elmira, Ont., Springfield, Ohio, -2, T6

Adam Hadwin, Abbotsford, B.C., Rockville, Md., +1, T12

William Mitchell, Campbellford, Ont., Summit, N.J., +1 T13

Ben Silverman, Thornhill, Ont., Lecanto, Fla., +3 T13

Brad Fritsch, Manitock, Ont., Rockville, Md., +2, T16

Ted Brown, Peterborough, Ont., Rockville, Md., +3, T19

Michael Woodcock, Chatham, Ont., Springfield, Ohio, +5, T25

Robert Greenwell, Georgetown, Ont., Daly City, Calif., -1, T26

Brian McCann, Mississauga, Ont., Summit, N.J., +5, T34

Jacob Patte, Oshawa, Ont., Springfield, Ohio, +9, T34

Ryan Williams, Vancouver, Daly City, Calif., Even, T37

Dave Levesque, Ste-Catherine, Que., Columbus, Ohio, +4, T43

Colin Macgregor, Hamilton, Ont., Glen Ellyn, Ill., +18, 47

Stuart Anderson, Strathmore, Alta., Columbus, Ohio, +9, T75

Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, Ont., Columbus, Ohio, +10, T87

Stephen Ames, Calgary, Memphis, Tenn., Rained out (to play Tues.)

Wes Heffernan, Calgary, Daly City, Calif., WD

Cam Burke, New Hamburg, Ont., Columbus, Ohio, WD

David Hearn, Brantford, Ont., Columbus, Ohio, WD

Mike Weir Brights Grove, Ont., Columbus, Ohio, WD


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