Welcome to the U.S. Open, Dennis Miller!
By mustang6560 on 6/5/12
The Longest Day in Golf is over.
If you are interested in seeing the results from each U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier, I would recommend GolfWeek's recap. All of the information you want is presented on one page in a concise format. But, if all you want is the highlight of the highlights from the Longest Day in Golf, I've got you covered here.
The shot of the day goes to Dennis Miller, who is the director of golf at Mill Creek Golf Course in Ohio. In his 12th attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open, he found himself in a sudden-death playoff in the Columbus, Ohio Sectional (he almost didn't get to play because he was the third alternate). After converting putts of six and 15 feet on the second and third playoff holes respectively to keep his hopes of making it to The Olympic Club next week alive, Dennis found himself with a chance to finally make it to the big dance.
With only a 25 foot birdie putt from the fringe between him and San Francisco, Dennis hit an excellent putt and it was tracking right for the cup the entire way. Everyone in attendance thought the putt was going to drop - even Dennis. But, the ball came to rest on the lip of the cup and the crowd let out a harmonious gasp. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.
As Dennis turned his head away from the cup to express his frustration, his ball fell in the cup, which meant his hard work finally paid off and he was headed to the U.S. Open. We'll never know what caused his ball to fall in - maybe a breeze, or a foot stomp, or a gift from the golf gods - but it was magical to say the least!
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That is more than awesome and priceless!
That was SO cool to watch - good for him!!!
Wow. Definitely a gift from the Golf Gods.
joe jones says:
After 12 tries it would have been cruel for that putt to not go in. The Golf Gods takith and givith but they usually takith more often. Things have to even out once in a while. Enjoy the open Dennis.
Love Miller's spontaneous reaction upon hearing the crowds reaction to his ball dropping in the cup! Truly priceless!!
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