Off the top of my head the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in England has gone well into the twenties for WD’s many times over the years, with 23 the most I can find. Some were non-starters and some gave up the, uh, dream, midway through efforts to make it to the U.S. Open.
But I can’t recall more than half a field WD’ing, with five having posted sub-70 opening rounds. Ultimately, 18 of 33 WD’s at the Kuwana Country Club qualifier gives the Europeans a new high water mark to shoot for Monday at Walton Heath.
Because, after all, if there is a course you just can’t get off of fast enough, it’s the brilliant and beautiful Walton Heath.
Given the long journey to Pebble, the 40% chance of rain (but comfortable temps), the “teams” telling their player to protect energy levels and the incredible consistency of WD’s at the England qualifier, I like the chances for a new record (of futility) Monday.