Phillips wins Senior Open qualifier, will compete in first USGA event and consecutive majors

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Tracy Phillips, who missed qualifying for the 2022 PGA Championship by two shots, is lining up some pretty sweet consolation prizes.

Phillips had already qualified for the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship May 25-29 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbon, Mich. This week he won the qualifier at Firekeeper Golf Course near Topeka, Kan., to play in the 2022 U.S. Senior Open June 23-26 at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pa.

Phillips did it by shooting a 5-under 67 on a cool, wet day with 20 mph north winds in which the second best score was a 71 by the only other qualifier, Jeffery Schmidt.

“It was a tough day in hard conditions, but I’m playing really well,” said Phillips, who had five birdies, no bogeys and lipped out several other birdie putts. He hit every fairway but one in regulation and all greens but three. He started his day with a 15-foot birdie on the first hole and capped it by rolling in a 20-footer for birdie on the 18th hole.

The U.S. Senior Open will actually be the first USGA event for the 59-year-old. Phillips said he qualified for the U.S. Junior but opted out because he didn’t like match play at the time. He has missed the cut by a shot frequently in other USGA qualifiers over the years, but this will be his first.

With back-to-back majors to compete in the next two months, is Phillips over the sting of his near miss in the PGA Professional Championship at Omni Barton Creek, in which the top 20 finishers qualified for the 2022 PGA Championship?

“Well, I would have loved to have played the PGA in my hometown,” Phillips said. “It would have been hard. But I’m playing well and I didn’t let that disappointment affect my mental game. I’m confident right now in the way I’m playing.”

Other Oklahomans who missed qualifying were Michael Gotcher of Broken Arrow at 77, Jim Young of Oklahoma City at 78, Ricky Bell of Norman and Todd Graves of Edmond each at 80.

– Ken MacLeod

U.S. Senior Open Qualifying
Firekeeper Golf Course, Tuesday May 2

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Pos.PlayerTo Par
Gross
Total
Gross
Details
1-567Qualified
2-171Qualified
The following players did not make the cut
CUTE722nd Alternate
CUTE721st Alternate
CUT

Jay Smith

Gaillardia country club
E72
CUT+173
CUT

Ron Mangold

Sage meadows country club
+173
CUT

Joe Palmer

Echo valley country club
+274
CUT+274
CUT

Jay Gregory

Bemidji town & country club
+274
CUT+375
CUT

Paul Neeman

Persimmon woods golf club
+375
CUT

John Donahue

Ridgewood country club
+375
CUT

Scott Livingston

Shadow valley c c
+476
CUT+476
CUT+476
CUT

Troy Arends

Landsmeer golf club
+577
CUT

Michael Gotcher

Forest ridge golf club
+577
CUT

Michael Rack

Eclub kansas city
+577
CUT

Brian Csipkes

Indian creek golf course
+678
CUT

Sean Mcqueary

Laurel oak country club
+678
CUT+678
CUT

David Apperson

Links at audubon gc
+678
CUT+678
CUT

Gregory Goode

Salina country club
+678
CUT

Sean Robertson

Salina golf & fitness
+678
CUT

David Oetken

Crestview country club
+779
CUT

Kurt Reither

Lost springs golf & ath club
+779
CUT

Ed Wyatt

Wilderness ridge
+779
CUT

CC Metzler

The topeka country club
+880
CUT

Jayson Brueggemann

Beatrice country club
+880
CUT+880
CUT

Don Chancey

St. joseph country club
+880
CUT

Dan Caporusso

Old orchard country club
+880
CUT

Bryan Norton

Seminole golf club
+880
CUT+880
CUT

Ricky Bell

Belmar golf club
+880
CUT+880
CUT+880
CUT+880
CUT

Charlie Burt

Omaha country club
+880
CUT

Chris Vickers

Blue hills country club
+880
CUT+981
CUT+981
CUT

Pat Foreman

Wickenburg ranch golf club
+981
CUT

Tony Skorupski

Lost springs golf & ath club
+981
CUT

Tyler Shelton

Swope memorial golf course
+981
CUT+1082
CUT

Charles Ballard

Sand creek station golf course
+1082
CUT

Randall Grimes

The courses at watters creek
+1082
CUT+1082
CUT

Tim Mckinnis

Crazy horse sports club & gc
+1082
CUT+1082
CUT

Ed Brown

Shamrock hills golf club
+1082
CUT+1183
CUT

Greg Sharp

Lawrence country club
+1183
CUT+1183
CUT+1385
CUT+1385
CUT

James Curd

Hillcrest country club
+1486
CUT

Bob Hartmann

Willowbend golf club
+1486
CUT

George Zorn

Wolf creek golf links
+1587
CUT

Carlos Prieto

Buffalo dunes golf course
+1587
CUT

Eric Sullivan

Fremont golf club
+1587
CUT+1587
CUT

Jeff Case

Belmar golf club
+1688
CUT

Greg Hollingsworth

Eclub of south central kansas
+1688
CUT

Daniel Taylor

Shawnee golf and country club
+1789
CUT+2092
CUT

Greg Martin

Champions run
+2496
WDWD
WD

Ron Eilers

Columbia country club
WD
WD

Shawn Barker

Hillcrest country club
WD
WD

John Bailey

Adams pointe golf course
WD
WDWD
WD

John Fox

The jayhawk club
WD
NCNC
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