VIDEO: Chris Crawford sinks 40-Foot putt to Qualify for U.S. Open
Chris Crawford reacts to 40-foot putt that sent him to U.S. Open <br>(USGA Photo)</br>
Chris Crawford reacts to 40-foot putt that sent him to U.S. Open
(USGA Photo)

SUMMIT, NJ (June 7, 2016) -- Improbable stories are what define the build up to the U.S. Open. Year after year remarkable moments happen throughout U.S. Open qualifying that leave us shaking our heads in amazement.

This year's that jaw dropping moment belongs to 22-year-old Drexel golfer Christopher Crawford.

Let's set the scene a bit, Crawford stood on the final green of Canoe Brook Country Club’s North Course with a birdie putt and in a five-way tie for the final U.S. Open qualifying spot. The only problem was the birdie putt was a long one, 40-feet long. With his college coach Ben Feld on the bag Crawford drained the putt and in a blink of an eye was on his way to Oakmont Country Club.

“Everyone who grows up playing golf dreams of that moment, and I thought of it there: this putt is to get in the Open,” Crawford to the USGA. “I looked up when the putt was about halfway there and I knew it had a chance, but after it went in, it was kind of a blur.”

Crawford, put himself in a strong position after a first round 7-under 65 but struggled during the days second round and after a bogey on 17 he was 2-over for the round and 5-under overall. The bogey on 17 meant Crawford needed a birdie on his 36th hole of the day to qualify.

By draining the 40-foot birdie putt Crawford, from Bensalem, PA avoided a five-way anything can happen playoff. Crawford was the only amateur to qualify at Canoe Brook Country Club and his putt knocked out fellow amateur Mike McCoy.

-The USGA contributed to this story

Results For U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying
MedalistCAAaron WiseLake Elsinore, CA500
MedalistILNick HardyNorthbrook, IL500
QualifierGAKyle MuellerWatkinsville, GA400
QualifierWICharlie DanielsonOsceola, WI400
QualifierGARyan StachlerAlpharetta, GA400

View full results for U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

ABOUT THE U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open Championship. Played at various sites across the U.S. on the Monday a week and half before the U.S. Open. There is also a qualifier in Japan and in England. 36 holes of stroke play at each site.

View Complete Tournament Information

Latest in 

Amateurgolf.com, Inc.
6965 El Camino Real 105-631
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Facebook Twitter YouTube