Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead advances to 2022 US Open qualifying final


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According to ProFootballTalk’s Charean Williams, former NFL running back Danny Woodhead moved on to local US Open qualifying after shooting a tied 71 at Omaha Country Club on Wednesday.

Woodhead won one of five final qualifying spots, and if he fully progresses through local qualifying, he will move on to final qualifying. Local qualifiers take place nationwide at 109 venues, while final qualifiers are concentrated at 11 venues.

The 2022 US Open will be held in Brookline, Massachusetts, June 16-19 at the Country Club.

Woodhead, 37, spent nine seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets (2009-10), the New England Patriots (2010-12), then the San Diego Chargers (2013-16) and the Baltimore Ravens (2017), rushing for 2,238 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. He was equally a weapon in the passing game, catching 300 passes for 2,698 yards and 17 scores.

But Woodhead turned to golf after his NFL career, qualifying for the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Tournament at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Washington.

On Wednesday, he tied for third, notching four birdies in his round.

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The saved kick. @danny__woodhead rolls in the birdie putt on No. 17 to get to -1. He finished at 71 (E), second lowest to date. #USOpen | Local qualifications pic.twitter.com/xPEB3TSmmQ

By Christopher Price of boston globeWoodhead will now compete in the qualifying finals at Springfield (Ohio) Country Club on June 6.

β€œOnly four years, but it’s been a lot of hard work. … I got to see a little glimpse last year making the last four of the state game,” Woodhead told Omaha.com’s Stu Pospisil of his development as a golfer.” I just want to keep getting as good as I can. That’s my whole goal. We’ll see what happens, but next month I’m going to prepare for the sections and see what happens. Maybe I just crushed some good scores.”


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