BROOKLINE, Mass. — Chris Gotterup, a 22-year-old Jersey Shore native, had a rating to settle.
He had performed in two skilled tournaments after 4 years at Rutgers and one yr at Oklahoma. He completed in a surprising tie for seventh on the Puerto Rico Open in March, after which he turned professional, and he missed the reduce final week on the Canadian Open.
Gotterup skilled his most exhilarating golf expertise of all Friday, when he made the reduce on the U.S. Open, his first main championship, at The Nation Membership.
He shot a 3-over 73 within the opening spherical on Thursday after being 5-over by means of the primary six holes. He adopted that with a 1-under 69 within the second spherical, climaxed by a fabulous birdie on the 18th gap. He enters the weekend 2-over, simply seven photographs out of the lead and one shot away from the reduce line.
When he was completed and hanging out along with his household, together with his dad and mom, Morten and Kate, Marc Leishman stopped over to congratulate Gotterup, who has an opportunity to be a rising star within the sport along with his expertise.
Chris Gotterup made the reduce Friday on the U.S. Open. EPA
“I performed my ass off at this time,’’ Gotterup instructed The Submit afterward. “I don’t dream a lot, however this may undoubtedly be in it, if I had desires. I assumed my sport would translate properly from faculty to professional golf and I used to be actually pissed I missed the reduce final week in Canada. I felt like I gave up a possibility to get off to a very good begin, and it feels good to do one thing like this and do good issues downs the stretch when it actually mattered.’’
Gotterup was 2-over and bogeyed the fifteenth gap, which he four-putted for double bogey on Thursday, to fall to 3-over, which was the cutline.
He put an exclamation level on the spherical with a birdie on the 18th gap, hitting his tee shot within the fairway and stuffing his method shot to inside inches for a faucet in.
“I felt good about at this time,’’ he stated. “I had a bunch of stuff occur the final couple weeks not go the way in which I wished and I simply had a sense at this time was going to be a great day. I hit 20 balls on the vary they usually had been all fairly good. Normally, after I’m clicking and I do know issues are good, I don’t hit too many balls. I knew it was going to be powerful, and I wished to have as a lot endurance.
“I clearly nonetheless have loads to do that weekend. I don’t actually care concerning the cash, I wish to play in addition to I can.’’