Watch: Amateur Drains 40-Foot Putt to Qualify for US Open

June 7, 2016
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Chris Crawford must have had a feeling — or maybe it was superstition — when he picked out his hat for his day at U.S. Open sectional qualifying Monday: Oakmont Country Club.

The Pennsylvania native and amateur golfer rolled in a 40 foot birdie putt on the 36th hole of his day at Canoe Brook Country Club in Jersey to make the field at the U.S. Open.

“It was a little bit of a funny looking putt, but it didn’t break a whole lot … it was just outside right edge,” he said after the round. 

Any golfer and sympathize with the truism “never leave a birdie putt short,” but imagine standing over that putt knowing you need to make it to get to the U.S. Open. 

Crawford thought what anyone might: “Just hit it hard enough. Can’t leave it short to get to the Open.” 

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You can watch the video of the putt and celebration below, via the USGA.