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Former NFL player Danny Woodhead played golf to potentially qualify for the US Open in June.
The retired running back pulled an equal 71 from the Omaha Country Club earlier this week, a score good enough for him to advance to the sectional qualifiers which will take place between late May and early June.
If Woodhead’s 36-hole score is high enough, he will earn a seat in the 122nd US Open, which will be played June 16-19 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Fittingly, Brookline is located just over 20 miles from Foxborough Stadium in New England, home to the Patriots, the team where he has played two and a half of his ten NFL seasons.
Woodhead was one of five golfers to advance from a field of 84 players. His Wednesday round included four birdies, four bogeys and ten holes in which he shot at par.
Not bad for an underpowered former running back who amassed nearly 5,000 total yards and scored 32 touchdowns during his NFL career. Even more impressive when you consider that he is 5’8 ″ tall and has come out of little Chardon State.
When a Twitter user posted a video of Woodhead sinking a long putt during qualifying on Wednesday, the 37 years old he jokingly replied: “I look a bit silly here.”
This is far from accurate. If nothing else, Woodhead looked like he belonged on the Tour.