Recent Vanderbilt graduate Theo Humphrey punched his ticket to the U.S. Open on Monday afternoon in sectional qualifying at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. on Monday. He won a two-man playoff against Mark Hoffman of Canada for the fifth and final spot to advance to the 118th edition of the event June 11-17 at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Humphrey, a first-team All-American and 2018 SEC Player of the Year, carded a five-under par, 137 (65-72) total in his two rounds Monday at Canoe Brook to tie Hoffman. The two then headed out for a sudden-death playoff, with Humphrey advancing after the first playoff hole.
“It’s a really special way to kind of start off the next phase for me,” Humphrey told the Journal News.
Humphrey was one of six Commodores on the 2017-18 roster to compete in sectional qualifying on Monday. Patrick Martin and John Augenstein participated in Memphis, Tenn., Harrison Ott and Mason Greenberg in Springfield, Ohio, and Cooper Sears in Portland, Ore.
Former Commodore Hunter Stewart, a 2015 first-team All-American and SEC Player of the Year, also participated in sectional qualifying in Portland, Oregon and fell just short of making the field.