Maverick McNealy, of Stanford, will be contending for his second berth to the U.S. Open today during “golf’s longest day.”. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP file photo)

‘Golf’s longest day’ comes to Daly City

One of the most exciting traditions in American golf is returning to the Bay Area today.

Known as “golf’s longest day,” 10 sectional qualifying tournaments will be played at various locations throughout the country to fill the final 60 spots in this year’s U.S. Open, held at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, starting June 14.

Long-time qualifier host Lake Merced Golf Club and the Ocean Course at The Olympic Club in Daly City will play host to the one-day, 36-hole event when 100 players will vie for six spots in the major championship.

To get to this stage, participants had to make the cut out of 9,877 golfers who entered into local qualifying this year.

The inclusive nature of the U.S. Open qualifying process creates opportunities for lesser known golfers to play on one of the sport’s biggest stages.

Many local amateurs will be fighting for that chance today. Coming off his second consecutive Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year Award, Maverick McNealy of Stanford will look to qualify for his second U.S. Open. He played in the 2014 championship as an 18-year-old.

Cal teammates Shotaro Ban and Collin Morikawa are in the field after leading the Golden Bears to a second-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference Championship this spring.

A number of Bay Area pros are in the field as well, including Napa native Andy Miller. He will hope to make it to Oakmont Country Club and re-kindle some family magic started by his father, World Golf Hall of Famer Johnny Miller, who won the 1973 Open at Oakmont.

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