Several top NC golfers might miss Open at Pinehurst

Several top NC golfers might miss Open at Pinehurst (Image 1)

Several top golfers with ties to North Carolina area are struggling to make the U.S. Open before the tournament begins at Pinehurst No. 2.

Raleigh native Chesson Hadley, who had has had an up and down 2014 season. Through May 29, Hadley has played in 18 events this season, missing the cut in half of them. When he makes the cut, Hadley excels, finishing in the top-25 five times, including his first PGA tour win at the Puerto Rico Open in early March.

Hadley played golf at North Raleigh Christian Academy and graduated from Georgia Tech in 2010, where he was a three-time All-America.

Hadley turned pro in 2010 after his graduation, but didn’t make any noise on the pro circuits until 2013. Hadley finished in the top-five of the Tour five times, including two wins.

A top 60 world ranking by June 9 will guarantee a spot in the field for Hadley, but after missing the cut at three PGA Tour events in May, Hadley has fallen to a world ranking of 65 as of May 29.

Even some of the more experience area golfers are in a tight spot.

North Carolina State alum Carl Pettersson is on pace to miss the U.S. Open for the first time since 2011.

The Swedish golfer moved to Greensboro after his father, an executive for Volvo Trucks Division, was transferred. Pettersson was the 1996 state 4-A medalist for Grimsley High School. Pettersson was a two-time All-America for the Wolfpack and turned pro in 2000.

Pettersson has five PGA Tour wins, his most recent coming in 2012 at the RBC Heritage.

Pettersson currently ranks 184th in the world, making his chances of getting into the top 60 by June 9 highly unlikely.

Pettersson has had success in major championships, finishing tied for third at the PGA Championship in 2012 and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open in 2008.

One of the most successful golfers from North Carolina is in an uphill battle to grab a spot in the U.S. Open as well.

Charlotte native and UNC-Chapel Hill alum Davis Love III currently ranks 466th in the world.

Love, 50, has 20 career PGA Tour victories; however the most recent was in 2008.

Love has one major championship in his career, the 1997 PGA Championship.

If a golfer has yet to qualify for the U.S. Open, he has to either finish in the top-60 by June 9, or receive a special exemption from the USGA.

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