Player off the first tee, American Emma Talley, who will strike the opening shot in the U.S. Women’s Open at 7 a.m. EDT Thursday at Country Club of Charleston (S.C.). Talley won the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur at CCC (tee times).
Number of players, from among 33 entrants, who earned exemptions into the U.S. Open during sectional qualifying Monday at Kuwana (Japan) Country Club. Japan’s Kodai Ichihara won the 36-hole qualifier at 13-under 131, followed by countrymen Shugo Imahira (132) and Mikumu Horikawa (133), who defeated American Chan Kim in a playoff. The qualifier was the second of 12 sectionals scheduled in advance of the June 13-16 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. The final 10 qualifiers will be held Monday, with eight in the U.S. and one each in England and Canada.
Number of strokes by which Oklahoma State’s Matthew Wolff won the NCAA individual championship on Monday. Wolff, a sophomore from Agoura Hills, Calif., shot 3-under 69 for a 10-under 278 total at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. He led the Cowboys, the defending champions and No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, to a 31-stroke margin of victory in qualifying for match play. The top eight teams – OSU, followed by Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Texas, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M and Southern Methodist – advanced to match play today and Wednesday to determine the team champion. Oklahoma State will be shooting for its 12th NCAA title (scores).
Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for American Kevin Na, who improved from 52nd with his victory in the recent Charles Schwab Challenge. Na, 35, was ranked as high as 19th in late 2015. Tiger Woods, who did not play last week following a missed cut a week earlier at the PGA Championship, improved one spot, to fifth. It is the first time back among the top five for Woods since 2014, after his five-victory season of 2013. Woods spent a record 683 weeks spanning 11 stints dating to 1997 at No. 1. Woods is entered in this week's Memorial Tournament, which he has won five times, most recently in 2012.