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Francis Howell graduate heads to U.S. Open

Golfer Adam Long
Golfer Adam Long (Source: PGA Tour)

St. Charles County native Adam Long has snagged a berth in the U.S. Open.

Long, a Francis Howell and Duke graduate who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will make his second career U.S. Open appearance after missing the cut at Congressional in 2011.

Long just made the cut on the number at TPC Twin Cities. He started the third round tied for 51st place. Then, he moved up the standings with a third-round 63, followed by a 7-under 64. A weekend tally of 16 birdies against just one bogey left him alone in second place, two shots behind winner Michael Thompson.

He earned $719,000 with this second-place finish.

In the last nine years, only one player has made the cut on the number and gone on to victory – Brandt Snedeker at the 2016 Farmers. Long nearly turned the same trick, barely qualifying for the weekend after posting scores of 68 and 72 in the opening two rounds.

“I mean, I’ve been playing nice,” Long said in a news conference after the tournament. “I didn’t think I was going to have a chance to win certainly, but I knew my game’s been pretty good lately. I’ve been playing some good golf, better than I’ve been able to show for it, but I was pretty thankful to have the opportunity, proud that I was able to finish it off on Friday to at least survive. I wanted to just kind of show up and give it everything I’ve got.

“To see some results kind of gives you the confidence that you’re doing the right things and you’re on the right track. I look forward to finishing off the rest of the season.”

With two U.S. Open berths available to the highest finishers not otherwise exempt, both Long and Thompson booked tickets to Winged Foot in September by finishing 1-2.

Long earned his maiden Tour victory in 2019 by winning the Desert Classic at PGA West. He out dueled Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin by a stroke. He also drained a memorable 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

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