It’s been a tough rookie season on the PGA Tour for Andrew Svoboda, but the former Larchmont resident had something to celebrate on Monday after surviving a 3-for-2 playoff to earn a trip back to the U.S. Open.
The 34-year-old got to 5-under and was tied for the lead at Colonial Country Club in Memphis at lunch. He experienced some turbulence in the afternoon, but a couple of late birdies got him back to 1-over on the round. Svoboda, who’s made just 2 of 9 cuts on tour so far this season, finished at 4-under 139 and moved on when Scott Stallings was eliminated on the first extra hole.
Svoboda will be making his fourth U.S. Open appearance next week at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia. He played in 2006 at Winged Foot, the course he grew up on, 2008 at Torrey Pines and 2009 at Bethpage Black.