Amateur holes 40-footer on final hole for U.S. Open berth

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With a U.S. Open spot riding on a 40-foot birdie putt at the 36th hole of the day, amateur Chris Crawford created a memory for himself that he'll never forget.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 | 12:09 p.m.

If you've been playing golf most of your life, chances are you've had those moments on the practice green, with the sun setting, imagining you were stroking a putt to win a major.

With the sun setting on the 18th green Canoe Brook's North Course in Summit, N.J., amateur Chris Crawford was faced with a 40-footer for birdie and a spot in next week's U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Crawford, who recently finished his senior season at Drexel, had just bogeyed the 17th hole after missing a 3-foot putt for par.

Perhaps a little spooked by that missed putt, Crawford hooked his tee shot on the par-5 18th hole and was forced to play his second shot down the adjacent 13th fairway. A third shot, from 185 yards, set up the 40 footer on his 36th hole of the day -- with everything riding on it.

Here's what Crawford went ahead and did (h/t

No matter what happens for Crawford next week at Oakmont, he'll never forget how he punched his ticket into the 116th U.S. Open. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.