Trahan finished with a 72-hole score of 286, two over par, and just three strokes off the pace set by Rocco Mediate and Tigers Woods, who will meet in an 18-hole playoff on Monday.
Trahan's fourth place finish is the best in history by a former Clemson
golfer in any major. Jonathan Byrd had the previous best finish with an
eighth place at the 2003 Masters. Byrd also had the previous best by a
former Clemson golfer at the US Open with a 15th place finish at the 2003
US Open. It was also the closest a Clemson golfer has ever come to
winning a major tournament in terms of stroke margin.
Trahan had rounds of 72-69-73-72 for his two over par total of 286 on the
par 71 course. He got off to a poor start with bogeys on four of his
first five holes and dropped to 17th place in the individual standings.
He then birdied the seventh and eighth holes to finish the first nine
two-over-par for the day and three over for the championship. He was in
sixth place on the leaderboard at that point. He then made birdies on
the 11th and 13th holes to get back to even for the day. He had bogeys
on the 16th and 17th holes before making a 10 foot putt for birdie on the
It ended quite a two-week period for Trahan. On June 2 he won a two for
one playoff with current Clemson golfer Ben Martin at Roswell, GA just to
get into the United States Open. In fact, Trahan had to make a 15-foot
birdie putt on the 36th hole just to tie Martin, then dodged a bullet
when Martin missed a six-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole that
would have eliminated Trahan. Trahan then made a birdie on the third
playoff hole to get into the United States Open.
Trahan will move up considerably on the PGA Tour money list and the Golf
World Rankings with this performance. He was 33rd on the money list and
135th on the world golf rankings entering the US Open. Back in January
he won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, his second career PGA Tour win.
By virtue of his top four finish, Trahan is now qualified for the 2009
Masters and the 2009 United States Open. The top eight finishers at the
US Open qualify for the next Masters and the top 15 finishes at the US
Open qualify for the event the next year.
Trahan was expected to board a plane for Hartford, CT on Sunday night and
is in the field for the Travelers Open in Cromwell, CT next week.
Trahan Finishes Fourth at United States Open
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