Nick Jones falls at final US Open qualifying hurdle
The attempt by Nick Jones to become the first Bermudian to qualify for the US Open Championship came up short at the final hurdle on Monday in Summit, New Jersey.
The Port Royal professional placed 62nd out of 67 starters in the 36-hole Final Qualifier at the Canoe Brook Country Club after carding rounds of 79 and 80 for a combined 17 over par.
The event, which yielded four qualifiers, was one of 13 held throughout North America, Europe and Asia for the second major championship of the year, which will be played at the Los Angeles Country Club from June 15 to 18.
Jones had raised expectations after a notable victory in his previous qualifying event last month over 18 holes at Cold Spring Country Club, in Cold Spring Harbour, New York, where he carded a four-under 67.
But Monday proved a leap too far for the 33-year-old, who stumbled out of the blocks with triple-bogey seven on the 2nd hole, playing the par-72 North Course first.
After further bogeys on the 4th and 6th, Jones enjoyed his best period of the day with a run of five pars capped by birdie at the par-five 12th. He closed the morning round with four bogeys in his final six holes.
Any thoughts of a recovery in the second round on the par-70 South Course were quashed almost immediately when Jones made bogey on the 1st hole. Despite managing pars over the next five holes, the Bermudian closed the front nine with bogeys on holes 7 and 9, then took double bogey on 10 to set the tone for a difficult trip coming in.
The lead qualifier was Michael Thorbjornsen, from Wellesley, Massachusetts, one of two amateurs to make the cut for the California major.
Thorbjornsen topped the field with eight-under 134, followed by Berry Henson, from Rancho Mirage, California, on 135 and amateur Christian Cavaliere, from Katonah, New York, on 136.
The fourth qualifier was Andrew Svoboda, from Milford, Connecticut, who recovered from four over after his first two holes to five under on 137
Notables who did not make the cut included Cameron Tringale, Kelly Kraft and amateur Raymond Floyd Jr, son of the retired four-times major winner.