Fred Cantor loves sports — all sports. He wants to make sure that “06880” readers know there’s a Westport connection to the US Open golf tournament, taking place now on Long Island:
It’s not often that a local golfer beats out a group of luminaries in a golf major.
But that’s exactly what happened yesterday at the US Open. Cameron Wilson made the cut at Shinnecock Hills, while PGA Tour legends like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson will not be playing this weekend.
Cameron grew up in Rowayton. He’s the son of Dave Wilson, a 1975 Staples High School graduate who is still active in town. Cameron was the subject of an “06880” story 4 years ago when as a Stanford University senior he won the NCAA tournament.
He learned the game at Shorehaven, just over the Westport border.
Earning the right to play the final 2 rounds at any tournament is a tremendous achievement.
But making the cut at the US Open is even tougher than at most PGA events.
Normally, a golfer who is part of the low 70 scores (including ties) moves forward. The US Open cutoff is more stringent: Only the the best 60 scores qualify to play Saturday and Sunday.
Kudos to Cameron. Now you know who to root for this weekend!