Scott Langley, 23, of Manchester, Mo., is going to his second U.S. Open and his first as a professional, thanks to a hot second-round 66 in the 36-hole sectional qualifier on Monday at Black Diamond Ranch. Langley’s 66, combined with an opening 73, gained him medalist honors at 139, five under par on the 6,965-yard Quarry Course.
He is joined by Samuel Osborne, 30, of England, who shot 71-70—141 and Brookes Koepka, 22, of Tallahassee, Fla., whose 72-70—142 landed him in a playoff for the third spot. Koepka birdied the par-5 18th hole to edge 14-year-old sensation Andy Zhang of the People’s Republic of China of the third spot.
Zhang was named the first alternate from the Florida sectional qualifying site. If, by chance, he gets into the championship at Olympic, he will be the youngest contestant in the 112-year history of the U.S. Open.
Langley played in the 2010 U.S. Open when he was 19 years old and finished as low amateur. In warm, breezy conditions Monday, Langley began his second round on the 10th hole and recorded the first of eight birdies against two bogeys for a 6-under-par round. He earned medalist honors and will make a long-anticipated trip to San Francisco.
“I can’t wait,” Langley said. “Two and a half years ago I walked the first seven holes at Olympic. It’s an amazing course.”