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Hoffman Joins Two-Time Amateur Champ in Making U.S. Open Field

June 4 (Bloomberg) -- Charley Hoffman, Rory Sabbatini and two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion Jordan Spieth headline a group of 55 golfers who earned spots in next week’s U.S. Open through 11 sectional qualifying events.

Davis Love III, the 1997 PGA Championship winner, was among those who failed to qualify for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Masters Tournament winners Mike Weir and Trevor Immelman also fell short in qualifying, as did players such as Ryo Ishikawa, Robert Allenby, Ben Curtis, Ben Crane, David Duval and Justin Leonard.

Hoffman was 11-under-par through two rounds yesterday in Columbus, Ohio, the best score among the 120 golfers competing for 15 U.S. Open spots. Sabbatini, Nicholas Thompson, David Hearn, Robert Karlsson, Brandt Jobe and Aaron Baddeley were among those who also qualified from Columbus.

Speith shot 8-under for two rounds in Dallas, tying with Matt Weibring and Edward Loar for the best qualifying score. Ryan Palmer and Zack Fisher tied at 7-under par and meet in a playoff today to determine the last of the four U.S Open berths from the Dallas sectional.

There were also sectional events held yesterday in Purchase, New York; Springfield, Ohio; Ball Ground, Georgia; Bradenton, Florida; Rockville, Maryland; Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis; Cle Elum, Washington and Newport Beach, California.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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