David Erdy Gets the Call to Play in U.S. Open
June 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - David Erdy, a rising sophomore on the IU Golf team, is now set to play in the U.S. Open after receiving the official invite from the USGA early Monday morning. Shingo Katayama withdrew from the PGA Major due to an upper back injury, opening a spot for Erdy to slide into as a first alternate.
Erdy is scheduled to fly out Tuesday morning in preparation for the four-day tournament at Bethpage Black in New York. He will get in two practice rounds, including one Wednesday with Camilo Villegas, before teeing off in the PGA's second Major of the year on Thursday.
Erdy is paired with Lee Westwood and Zach Johnson as the ninth group to tee off on Thursday at 8:28 a.m. EST, just two groups behind the star-studded trio of Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera. Erdy's group will then began their Friday round on the 10th hole with a 1:58 p.m. tee time.
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Erdy earned his first alternate position after carding a two-round total of 137 (67-70) at the NCR Country Club in the sectional qualifier.
After completing his second round, Erdy waited anxiously at the leaderboard, knowing he had a legitimate shot to qualify for the U.S. Open at the age of 19 years old. With just one scorecard yet to be turned in, Erdy owned the fourth and final qualifying spot. The last score was Vaughn Snyder's 136, however, pushing Erdy into a six-way tie for fifth place.
Unfazed, Erdy stuck his approach shot on the second hole and sunk the birdie putt to earn the first alternate selection.
Erdy advanced to the sectional qualifier in Dayton by winning medalist honors at a local qualifier in French Lick on May 11. He fired a 68 on the Donald Ross Course at the French Lick Resort.
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