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Duffy Waldorf will be packing his flowery shirts for the trip to Scotland in a few weeks. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Duffy Waldorf will be packing his flowery shirts for the trip to Scotland in a few weeks. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

U.S. qualifier at Oakland Hills sends 12 to Carnoustie

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Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman, Jerry Kelly and Duffy Waldorf were among a dozen players who punched their tickets Monday in the final U.S. showdown. Among those missing out were Pablo Martin, Brad Faxon and Camilo Villegas.

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Michael Putnam was the only player to break par on the North and South courses at Oakland Hills to lead 12 players who qualified for the Open Championship on Monday.

The Open, to be played July 19-22 at Carnoustie, held 36-hole qualifiers in the United States and Europe as it moved closer to establishing the 156-man field.

Putnam had rounds of 69-67 to finish at 4-under 136, two shots better than Ryan Moore and John Senden. Bob Hope Chrysler Classic winner Charley Hoffman was among those another shot back.

The biggest rallies belonged to former U.S. Amateur champion Matt Kuchar and Brian Davis of England. Kuchar opened with a 75 and was in the middle of the pack until a 64 in the afternoon to make it by two shots. Davis went 74-65.

Jerry Kelly made par on the final four holes of the South Course at Oakland Hills -- the course Ben Hogan once called "that Monster" when he won the U.S. Open in 1951 -- to shoot 68 and barely get in. Also qualifying were Sean O'Hair and Anders Hultman. Duffy Waldorf, Mark Hensby and Spencer Levin survived a six-man playoff to qualify.

Kevin Streelman, Robert Oppenheim and Steve Allan were eliminated in the playoff for the 12th spot.

Unlike two years ago in the United States, when some 50 players didn't show up at Congressional, 78 players completed their rounds at Oakland Hills.

Tom Pernice Jr., who lost a 54-hole lead at the Buick Open on Sunday, didn't fare much better. He opened with a 76 on the tough South Course and couldn't make up enough ground in the afternoon. Also failing to qualify were former PGA champion Steve Elkington, Pablo Martin, Brad Faxon and Camilo Villegas.

Not many felt worse than free spirit Will MacKenzie, who was at 1 under with two holes to play and easily inside the number to qualify for his first major. But he finished double bogey-double bogey to miss the playoff by two shots.

Four spots at Carnoustie remain available for PGA TOUR players over the next two weeks -- the top two not already eligible who finish in a special money list that ends at the AT&T National this week, and the leading player not already exempt who finishes in the top 10 at the AT&T National and the John Deere Classic.

PlayerScore
Michael Putnam69 67 136 -4
John Senden66 72 138 -2
Ryan Moore71 67 138 -2
Charley Hoffman67 72 139 -1
Matt Kuchar75 64 139 -1
Anders Hultman70 69 139 -1
Brian Davis74 65 139 -1
Jerry Kelly68 72 140 E
Sean O'Hair68 72 140 E
Duffy Waldorf66 75 141 +1
Mark Hensby66 75 141 +1
Spencer Levin75 66 141 +1
Failed to Qualify:
Kevin Streelman75 66 141 +1
Robert Oppenheim72 69 141 +1
Steve Allan71 70 141 +1
Tommy Tolles70 72 142 +2
Marc Leishman76 66 142 +2
Camilo Villegas74 68 142 +2
Brandt Snedeker73 69 142 +2
Rocco Mediate70 72 142 +2
Brendan Steele69 74 143 +3
Jesper Parnevik72 71 143 +3
Daniel Chopra67 76 143 +3
Will Mackenzie70 73 143 +3
Scott Hend76 67 143 +3
Richard Barcelo75 68 143 +3
Jeff Quinney74 69 143 +3
Fredrik Jacobson67 77 144 +4
Craig Lile66 78 144 +4
Gary Christian68 76 144 +4
Bob Heintz69 75 144 +4
Heath Slocum70 74 144 +4
Hoyt McGarity73 71 144 +4
Edward Loar70 75 145 +5
Mathew Goggin69 76 145 +5
Steve Elkington69 76 145 +5
Brian Quackenbush68 77 145 +5
Parker McLachlin74 71 145 +5
Scott Gibson74 71 145 +5
Pablo Martin74 71 145 +5
Dan Olsen75 70 145 +5
Brendon de Jonge75 70 145 +5
Robert Garrigus71 75 146 +6
Greg Owen72 74 146 +6
Bo Van Pelt69 77 146 +6
Edward Michaels77 69 146 +6
Joseph Horowitz77 69 146 +6
Jason Schultz75 71 146 +6
Eric Egloff78 68 146 +6
Bob Estes74 72 146 +6
Tom Pernice, Jr.76 71 147 +7
Bob Tway70 78 148 +8
Tom Gillis72 76 148 +8
Chris Tidland73 75 148 +8
Peter Lonard75 73 148 +8
Stephen Marino75 73 148 +8
Ken Duke74 74 148 +8
JB Holmes79 69 148 +8
Brad Faxon76 72 148 +8
Kane Webber76 72 148 +8
Bryan Saltus71 78 149 +9
Michael Harris74 75 149 +9
Michael Boyd70 79 149 +9
Rob Rashell77 72 149 +9
Tjaart Van der Walt69 81 150 +10
Michael Mezei76 74 150 +10
Lee Williamson69 81 150 +10
Will Yanagisawa70 81 151 +11
Taylor Wood71 80 151 +11
David Faught71 81 152 +12
Cliff Kresge73 79 152 +12
Scott Piercy78 74 152 +12
Joshua Habig79 73 152 +12
Ryan Blaum73 80 153 +13
Steven Friesen76 79 155 +15
Joe Daley80 75 155 +15
Rolf Muntz78 79 157 +17
Martin Maritz83 75 158 +18
Lucas GloverNR NR NR
Marco Dawson78 SCR SCR
Stephen Leaney76 NR NR
Jeff MaggertNR NR NR
Ronald Philo, Jr.SCR SCR SCR
Scott Gutschewski75 NR NR

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