Love, Wi, Marino among Open qualifiers

Love, Wi, Marino among Open qualifiers

(AP) Casey Martin and his cart are headed back to The Olympic Club for the U.S. Open.

Martin, who sued for the right to use a golf cart because of a degenerative disease in his right leg, holed a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Oreg., to be the medalist at a sectional qualifier and earn one of two spots to the U.S. Open.

Martin has not played the U.S. Open since 1998, when he forced the USGA to let him ride a cart because of his leg. He tied for 23rd at The Olympic Club, and then earned his PGA Tour card that year. Martin, 40, now is the golf coach at Oregon. The Ducks reached the semifinals of the NCAA Championship last weekend.
Davis Love III will have to worry about captaining this fall's U.S. Ryder Cup team a little later.

Love qualified for his 23rd U.S. Open, playing 36 holes in 2 under in rounds at Scioto Country Club and Ohio State's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. He was one of 16 players at the biggest of the 11 qualifiers across the country on Monday.

Others making the grade included medalist Charlie Wi, Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points, Steve Marino and Rod Pampling.

The U.S. Open will be played the week after next at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

The field in suburban Columbus, Ohio, was filled with touring pros who had just competed in the nearby Memorial.

The 48-year-old Love has won 20 tournaments around the world, including the 1997 PGA Championship.

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