June 6, 2022

Moldovan and Hoag Punch Tickets to US Open

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s rising-junior Maxwell Moldovan and current professional Bo Hoag each punched their ticket to the 122nd US Open on Monday at the US Final Qualifier at Springfield Country Club.

Moldovan is the first Buckeye amateur to make the US Open since Will Grimmer qualified in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills. Grimmer went on to make the cut that year. For Hoag, this will be his second consecutive US Open as he qualified last year and played at Torrey Pines.

“The Longest Day in Golf” started well for Moldovan as he birdied six of his first 11 holes to race into the lead at 6-under par. He would go on to post a 4-under 66 in the morning and certainly enjoyed lunch. In the afternoon, he bogied his first hole but then birdied four of the next 10 to again give himself some breathing room. Despite a couple of bogies coming home, the unanimous first team All-Big Ten honoree claimed his first trip to the US Open with a second round 69. He finished tied for third at 5-under par for the day.

Hoag took a similar route. He played his opening nine holes in even par and then made four birdies on his second nine to post a first round 67. An eagle at the par-5 second hole in the afternoon put him inside the number and he bounced back and forth throughout the rest of the round. A closing birdie at No. 17 and a solid par at No. 18 left Hoag with a 69 and a 4-under par total. He sweated out the final groups and finished right on the number.

Three other Buckeyes competed Monday at Springfield CC. Rising-junior Jackson Chandler missed-out on a playoff by one shot. After a morning round 72, he fired a 5-under 65 in the afternoon. That was tied for the low round of the day. Incoming freshman Joe Wilson IV and 2019 graduate Daniel Wetterich each finished at 8-over par. Wilson IV made four birdies in his second round 71.

The US Open will be played at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., on June 16-19.

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