COLUMBUS — Tim Crouch watched his par putt on No. 17 reach the cup, then roll along the lip and slide about three inches away.
It was one of those days.
Crouch had qualified for the U.S. Open Sectionals for the second time in his career. Once again, a berth in the U.S. Open slipped out of his grasp as he finished behind the final cut Monday.
“I knew what to expect this time,” Crouch said after his day at the links. “I’ve been around many of these guys before. I know that I can be out there with them.”
The qualifier was a 36-hole event split between The Lakes Country Club in Delaware and Brookside Country Club in Columbus. Crouch shot 1-under at The Lakes then 1-over at Brookside to finish with an even-par score of 144, eight strokes out from the projected cut of 8-under. Out of 122 players, only 15 made the cut.