For Michael Thorbjornsen of Wellesley and Holden’s Fran Quinn, it was extra long as they each needed two extra holes to survive an eight-for-three playoff in Purchase, New York, to earn their place in Brookline.
On the second playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Quinn hit a 58-degree wedge from 98 yards to inside of three feet and made a birdie. Thorbjornsen was just to the left of the green in two and got up and down for his four. They then watched the second foursome all miss birdie putts to clinch their place in the 122nd U.S. Open.
Thorbjornsen, 20, won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2018 at Baltusrol and made the cut at the U.S. Open in 2019 at Pebble Beach and is the reigning Massachusetts Amateur champion. He just finished his sophomore season at Stanford, earning a spot on the All-Pac-12 First Team.
Quinn, 57, plays on the PGA Tour Champions, and has appeared in four U.S. Opens, most recently in 2014, tying for 56th place. He only has two starts on the Champions Tour this year, but will be playing this weekend in Wisconsin. Quinn had a pair of 69s on the day.