June 5, 20072007 U.S. Open
Tennessee junior Philip Pettitt qualified Tuesday for the 2007 U.S. Open, surviving a three-way sudden-death playoff at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.
"I'm speechless," Pettitt said. "The whole thing really has not sunk in yet. I am excited about the challenge and simply ready to go out and play."
Pettitt tied for fourth with Vanderbilt's Luke List and North Carolina's Martin Ureta in Monday's 36-hole qualifying round.
The three players returned Tuesday for the playoff, which would allow the top two finishers to compete in the U.S. Open, which begins June 11 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
All three players birdied the first hole, No. 8, but Pettitt and List bogeyed on No. 9, allowing Ureta to lock up the first of the two spots with a par.
Pettitt and List returned to the par-4 eighth hole to determine the final spot.
List hit a strong approach shot that landed on the green just 40 feet from the hole, while Pettitt's second shot missed the green.
"I had about 140 yards uphill. I hit a terrible shot and short-sided myself," Pettit said. "I didn't have any green to work with, but I hit one of the best shots of my life within a foot. Luke hit his putt about seven feet and then missed."
On Saturday, Pettitt completed his season with the Vols, who finished 16th in the NCAA Championships in Williamsburg, Va.
"Our staff is elated for Philip. ... He was voted our team captain this year for a good reason -- he always leads by an extraordinary example," coach Jim Kelson said.
"Without a doubt, he has been one of the most clutch players that I have ever coached. We are delighted for him and his family that he will be playing in this year's U.S. Open."
|Venue: Woodmont Country Club
Location: Rockville, Md.
|a-Rhys Davies, Wales||72-65--137|
|Joey Sindelar, Horseheads, N.Y.||69-69--138|
|Fred Funk, Ponte Vedra, Fla.||68-71--139|
|a-Philip Pettitt Jr, Murfreesboro, Tenn.||68-72--140|
|a-Martin Ureta, Chile||72-68--140|
|a-Luke List, Ringgold, Ga.||72-68--140|