Most of Monday’s motion at the varied ultimate qualifiers for the U.S. Open unfolded in relative obscurity, however for Justin Suh, the dramatic end got here with a welcomed soundtrack.
“There were a bunch of fans and a bunch of my buddies came out. Roy [Cootes] made his 50-footer, he was the home course favorite; I made my putt and all I could hear was my boys screaming,” Suh mentioned.
Cootes and Suh earned the ultimate two spots into subsequent week’s U.S. Open in a four-for-two playoff because of birdies on the primary playoff gap.
Suh, who’s from San Jose, California, and performed school golf at USC, wanted two playoff holes to earn his spot within the discipline at Torrey Pines, but it surely was price the additional effort.
“It means a lot. Especially with the SC fans that all came out. Most of the members at Rollings Hills saw me when Pac 12s were there. I saw a lot of familiar faces,” Suh mentioned. “There were a bunch of people from L.A. who came out to watch.”
His gallery will most likely solely get greater at Torrey Pines, which Suh estimated he’s performed about 20 instances, together with this 12 months’s Farmers Insurance Open, the place he tied for 37th and appeared to safe himself some good will after donating half his earnings to the Century Club’s charities.
“It’s probably good karma. There was nothing more I wanted then to get back and play that course during the U.S. Open. Just being so familiar with it and playing well there,” he mentioned. “Me and my caddie had our eyes set on it for a while.”
Being a Californian, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines means slightly one thing further to Suh. Although he was simply 11 years outdated at the time, he vividly remembers Tiger Woods successful the 2008 nationwide championship on the South Course.
“I remember the finish. I was at a junior tournament and it was a match play event and I didn’t even care how our match went. I went straight to the restaurant bar trying to see that [winning] putt,” mentioned Suh, who added that he’s tried Woods’ well-known putt on the 72nd inexperienced at Torrey Pines many instances.
“Oh yeah. I did it earlier this year. I got pretty close to my tee.”