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Cole Hammer gets the call after Mikko Korhonen’s withdrawal

May was a marathon for Cole Hammer, and June is selecting up steam now too. The 21-year-old junior at the University of Texas earned his spot in the U.S. Open on Wednesday a day after the completion of Final Qualifying.

Hammer left his qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday morning as the first alternate, however earned a spot when Mikko Korhonen, who was one in every of 10 gamers who earned an exemption in the three-event U.S. Open 2021 European Tour Qualifying Series, withdrew.

Hammer opened a 36-hole day on Monday at Brookside Golf & Country Club with a 73. After clawing again with a 65 at The Lakes Golf & Country Club, he was a part of a 5-for-4 playoff the following morning that decided the closing spots from that web site. Hammer misplaced out to Texas teammate Pierceson Coody, Peter Malnati, Tom Hoge and Jhonattan Vegas and as an alternative earned alternate standing.

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Although he struggled a bit in the NCAA Tournament, his coach at Texas, John Fields, stated Hammer has discovered a contented place heading into a vital stretch that features this week’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree — a substitute occasion for the RBC Canadian Open — the U.S. Open after which the British Open. Hammer tees off in the first spherical at Congaree at 1:16 p.m. on Thursday.

“Cole made some really good decisions in the fall,” Fields stated. “He was really struggling with his golf swing. He went back and worked with Bruce Davidson, and went back to his home base at River Oaks, and started working through things.

“He was in a bit of a slump for almost 18 months, but I really think he has righted the ship. He had a few putting issues — and he’s a really good putter — but he’s hitting the golf ball as well as he ever has.“

Hammer’s trip to Torrey Pines next week will mark his third U.S. Open start, including his first at age 15 in 2015 at Chambers Bay. In the time between, Hammer has been a member of two winning U.S. Walker Cup Teams (2019, 2021).

Last month at the Walker Cup at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, Hammer holed the clinching putt and earned three and a half points for the Americans after playing all four sessions.

Fields, of course, has seen plenty of great players come through in his 24 years at the helm. Many of those use their prowess on the greens as the path to success. Jordan Spieth, one of the best putters on the PGA Tour, is a prime example.

And in Hammer, Fields sees similar talent.

“I think the great putters, guys like Jordan and Scottie Scheffler and Cole, they sometimes put a lot of pressure on themselves to make everything,” Fields stated. “But they figure it out. Cole is not unlike Jordan and Scheffler in that regard.”

Last month at the Walker Cup at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, Hammer holed the clinching putt and earned three and a half factors for the Americans after taking part in all 4 periods.

The world No. 17 ranked beginner was coming off particular person medalist honors at the Big 12 Championship the week earlier than, and after the Walker Cup instantly went on to play the AT&T Byron Nelson, NCAA Regionals after which the NCAA Championship.


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