Erin, Wisconsin – Matt Campbell, a 2007 graduate of Rome Free Academy, shot a 5 over par 77 in the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Erin, Wisconsin on Thursday. Matt Campbell is the first Rome, NY native to participate in the U.S. Open.
Campbell, who is being caddied for by friend and fellow Teugega Club member, Lou Viviani, tees off at 2:42 p.m. in round two on Friday.
The 28 year old Campbell qualified for his first U.S. Open and first major championship by outlasting Roberto Diaz in a 2-for-1 playoff for the final spot from the Summit, N.J., sectional. Campbell shot 7-under 135 on the North and South courses at Canoe Brook Country Club to get into the playoff, where he prevailed by holing a 6-foot par putt on the second extra hole. Last year, Campbell had to withdraw from U.S. Open qualifying due to an ailing back. The Newberry College graduate played through some minor back issues at this year’s sectional. The Rome, N.Y., resident is a veteran of mini-tours and state opens.
Roberto Diaz ended up receiving a bid to the U.S. Open anyway, when he received an invite as an alternate after Phil Mickelson withdrew from the competition to attend his daughter’s high school graduation ceremony.
After round one, Matt Campbell is 12 shots off the lead, held by Rickie Fowler (-7).