John Chidley-Hill/ Canadian Press
MILTON, Ont. – Jonas Blixt has all the time struggled with overthinking on the golf course.
However the Swede cleared his thoughts on Monday for 2 rounds to complete atop the leaderboard in a U.S Open qualifying match at RattleSnake Level Golf Membership. Blixt was tied for the lead after the day’s opening spherical and completed the day alone at No. 1 with an total rating of 10 beneath.
“At the moment I used to be simply going to go on the market and never suppose an excessive amount of technically, and simply play,” mentioned Blixt with a number of gamers nonetheless out on the course. “I had some gnarly pictures, however I saved myself and made some putts and issues are going rather a lot higher with my sport.
“It was good to see that as we speak it doesn’t matter what occurs.”
Blixt is taking part in this season on a serious medical extension. He’d missed a number of weeks of the PGA Tour season earlier than competing in Monday’s qualifier and located taking part in 36 holes in a single day tiring.
Thankfully for him, the forecast referred to as for heavy rain on Tuesday, giving him a prepared excuse to overlook practising at St. George’s Golf and Nation Membership to organize for this week’s RBC Canadian Open.
“I’m going to be in my mattress for a very long time,” mentioned Blixt with fun.
England’s Callum Tarren and Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira tied for second a shot again of Blixt to earn the opposite two U.S. Open berths.
It’s solely the second time a U.S. Open qualifier has been held in Canada, with RattleSnake Level additionally internet hosting the occasion in 2019.
Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., needed to accept certainly one of two alternate spots after he bogeyed No. 18. Derek Bard of the U.S. took the opposite alternate spot for the third main of the boys’s golf season, tying du Toit at 7 beneath.
Du Toit earned the primary alternate place forward of Bard after a three-hole playoff within the driving rain. That put du Toit in a stable place to nonetheless play within the U.S. Open at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Mass., June 16-19.
“Oh it was not enjoyable, particularly bogeying my final gap to trigger all that. It was sort of a punishment for bogeying the final gap,” mentioned du Toit of the playoff. “I’m very lucky that bogey didn’t actually value me and I used to be in a position to give myself some beauty within the playoff after which convert with a birdie.”
Three gamers withdrew from the qualifier on Monday morning, lowering the sector to only 22 gamers regardless of having three berths on the prestigious U.S. Open on the road. There have been eight different qualifiers taking place throughout the U.S. on Monday, with the sector in Canada the smallest.
“After I heard there was 27 gamers I assumed there’d be just one spot after which to listen to three I used to be like ‘holy moly!” mentioned Tarren, who was initially scheduled to play within the qualifier at The Membership at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Fla., on Monday.
“However my caddy was like, ‘you might as effectively play in Canada as a result of we’re taking part in the Canadian Open this week.’ So I modified it and it’s paid off.”
There have been 9 Canadians taking part in at RattleSnake Level. Toronto’s Riley Goss tied for sixth at 6 beneath and Michael Gligic of close by Burlington, Ont., tied for twelfth at 4 beneath.
Du Toit mentioned that having a U.S. Open qualifier on the Monday earlier than the Canadian Open and solely a brief drive away is useful for rising the game in Canada.
“It’s an awesome match within the schedule with the Canadian Open being right here,” he mentioned. “The energy of area is nice, which a variety of guys actually favored.”
David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and novice Owen Mullen of Truro, N.S., who had been paired collectively, tied for fifteenth at 3 beneath.
Branson Ferrier of Barrie, Ont., was 18th at 2 beneath, Brendan Leonard of Cambridge, Ont., was nineteenth at 1 beneath. David Li Sheman of Aurora, Ont., and Hamilton’s Michael Blair tied for twentieth at even par.