Every year, the USGA conducts local qualifiers, followed by sectional qualifiers, for the U.S. Open. Some golfers are exempt from both stages of qualifying, and some are exempt only from local qualifying. Have any golfers who've had to go through the qualifying stages gone on to win the U.S. Open?
Answer: The short answer is yes. However, the USGA does not have readily available a full list of qualifiers who've won, or a list of the top-performing qualifiers year-by-year.
But it is not unusual for qualifiers to do well in the U.S. Open. Many of the qualifiers are top professionals, after all. In 2005, for example, Jason Gore advanced through both local and sectional qualifying and played in the final pairing of the final round.
Moreover, 2005 champion Michael Campbell came out of sectional qualifying (he was exempt from local qualifying) to win the tournament, and in 2009 Lucas Glover did the same.
So there's one answer to the question: the last golfer to win the U.S. Open after going through sectional qualifying was Glover in 2009; and prior to that, it was Campbell in 2005. Before Campbell, the most recent sectional qualifier to win the U.S. Open was Steve Jones in 1996.
The last golfer to win the tournament after going through both stages of qualifying - local and sectional - was Orville Moody in 1969. Interestingly, while the "Sarge," as he was called, played on the PGA Tour for many years, that U.S. Open win was the only victory of his career (until he reached the Champions Tour).
In 1964, Ken Venturi played in both local and sectional qualifying and then won the U.S. Open.
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