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Sizzling Cink earns spot in U.S. Open

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Westerville, OH (Sports Network) - fired a blazing 21-under-par on Monday over two courses to easily qualify for the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields. Cink teed it up with 99 other golfers at the Double Edge Club and The Lakes Golf and Country Club where there were 20 spots available at the sectional qualifier. He bogeyed his first hole, then parred his second. Cink caught fire by running off six consecutive birdies at The Lakes course. He would later birdie three straight holes from the 10th and capped his course-record round of 62 with two birdies in the final three holes. After travelling to the Double Edge Club, Cink had another amazing run. He started with a par at the first. He then reeled off an amazing eight consecutive birdies. He notched three more birdies on the back side for his second course-record of the day, this one an 11-under round of 61. Cink will look to carry this good luck over into the U.S. Open. Last year, Cink missed the cut and the previous year he missed a short putt that would have put him in a playoff with and eventual winner . Meanwhile, Chad Campbell earned a spot in the field with rounds of 72-67 at Kirtland Country Club in Cleveland. Campbell was forced to play after being knocked out of the top-10 on the money list prior to the May 26 deadline. Tripp Kuehne earned one of the two spots in McKinney, Texas thanks to a course-record 62 in his first round. Kuehne, who lost to U.S. Open defending champion in the 1994 U.S. Amateur, is making his first appearance at the Open as a professional. Bryce Molder claimed one of the four spots available at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois. One of the surprises of the day came when 16-year-old Tom Glissmeyer clinched one of two spots in Littleton, Colorado. Among some of the other players earning a spot in the field were Geoff Ogilvy, , and . For the first time in 11 years, will not be playing in the U.S. Open. The only man to have played in the final group four straight years, 1995 to 1998, failed to qualify. Also not making the field was 1987 U.S. Open winner Scott Simpson. Skip Kendall was unable to attempt to qualify after suffering a hand injury. He badly cut his hand while slicing a bagel and need stitches to close the wound.

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