Four member’s of the Alabama men’s golf team will compete in the 2017 United States Open, which begins Thursday at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin Hills, Wis., a first-time venue in the annual major tournament.
The four Crimson Tide players competing in the 117th U.S. Open are Bud Cauley, Dru Love, Trey Mullinax and Justin Thomas.
Thomas, the Tide golfer with the most U.S. Open experience, is making his third career start at the event. A member of the 2013 National Championship team, Thomas won the 2012 Fred Haskins Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate golfer, and was a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan award twice in his career. Thomas has already claimed three PGA Tour wins this season, including consecutive victories to open 2017. During his collegiate career, the two-time First Team All-American played for the winning 2013 USA Walker Cup Team and the winning 2012 World Amateur Team. His best finish at the U.S. Open came last year when he tied for 32nd.
The newest member of the group, Love, makes his PGA Tour debut following the conclusion of the 2016-17 Alabama season after being sidelined most of the year with an injury. Love qualified at the Ball Ground, Ga., sectional for his first-ever U.S. Open appearance. His father, Davis Love III, who played in the event 23 times, finishing as high as a tie for second in 1996, will caddy for him at the tournament. His grandfather, Davis Love Jr. qualified for seven U.S. Opens making the Love family one of just three three-generation families at the U.S. Open joining the Alexander (Tyson, Buddy and Skip) and Herron (Tim, Carson and Carson) families. His full name is Davis Love IV.
Cauley, a six-year PGA Tour veteran, will play in his second career U.S. Open in 2017 after making his professional debut at the event in 2011 and finishing tied for 63rd. As a professional, Cauley has 17 top-10 finishes and 33 top-25 results in his career. At Alabama, he was named a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan award three times including as a finalist in 2010, was a member of the winning 2009 USA Walker Cup team and was a three-time All-American (2009-11).
Mullinax, a member of the 2013 and 2014 National Championship teams at Alabama, will make his first-ever appearance at the U.S. Open. Mullinax earned his PGA Tour card in 2016, and will play in his 23rd career event on the Tour. While at Alabama, he was a member of the 2014 U.S. Palmer Cup Team and was named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list the same year.
The 117th U.S. Open will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 15-18. Thursday’s first round will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT) and FOX (5 p.m. – 9 p.m. CT), while live stream of the event will be on FOX Sports Go and USOpen.com.
Tee Times For Crimson Tide Players
All Tee Times are Central Standard Time
Andres Romero – Argentina
Brice Garnett – United States
Dru Love – United States
7:40 a.m. Pairing
Bud Cauley – United States
Brian Harman – United States
Tommy Fleetwood – England
1:58 p.m. Pairing
Jimmy Walker – United States
Justin Thomas – United States
Paul Casey – England
2:31 p.m. Pairing
Xander Schauffele – United States
Try Mullinax – United States
Cameron Champ – Unites States
Information for this article is courtesy of UA Media Relations.