Kevin Sutherland flew to Tennessee for this week's PGA Tour event, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, and Monday's qualifier for next week's U.S. Open in Pennsylvania.
Did Sutherland pack for one week or two?
"I always pack for one week and do wash," he said.
While the inquiry into Sutherland's packing habits didn't elicit any insight into his level of confidence, his strong play in the U.S. Open Sectional qualifier Monday at Colonial Country Club in Memphis guaranteed that he will be doing laundry on the road.
Sutherland earned medalist honors, his 36-hole total of 10-under-par 133 one stroke better than fellow PGA Tour players Shawn Stefani and Jerry Kelly. Nine players in the 112-man field earned their way to Merion Golf Club for next week's U.S. Open.
In all, 57 players from 824 who teed it up Monday at 11 sectional qualifying sites around the country advanced.
Sutherland, 48, playing on a medical extension, is guaranteed entry into 11 tournaments this season. He must earn $355,000 in that span to retain his fully exempt status for next season.
He has made one cut in seven events this year and has yet to play on Sunday, earning $12,596 for tying for 73rd in the Wells Fargo Championship last month.
"I know that my scores haven't reflected it, but I feel like I've started to play better the last month, month and a half," the Sacramentan said. "My ball-striking has been good I just haven't made a lot of putts. So I saw this coming a little bit."
This will be Sutherland's ninth U.S. Open, and the seventh time he has advanced through the 36-hole qualifying ringer. His best finish is a tie for 28th in 2003.
David Sutherland, a former PGA Tour player, caddied for his younger brother. David will do so again in this week's tournament.
"He's taking the credit," Kevin cracked.
Cameron Park's Jake Johnson missed the qualifier number by three shots in Memphis.
Elsewhere around the country Monday:
In Newport Beach, Tom Johnson (Del Campo High School) tied for ninth, missing the qualifying number by two shots. Stockton's Josh Stone (last week's Memorial Amateur winner) tied for 24th, Cameron Champ (Sacramento) tied for 48th with Eric Ash (Loomis), and Austin Roberts (Carmichael) tied for 82nd.
In Columbus, Ohio, Spencer Levin (Sacramento) tied for 21st, missing the qualifying number by two shots. Among the 15 qualifiers, Josh Teater, Robert Karlsson and Luke Guthrie pulled off an "Open double" after all three qualified for the British Open in a 36-hole qualifier two weeks ago.
In Rockville, Md., two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen was disqualified after it was discovered he was wearing steel spikes, typical on the PGA Tour but not allowed at Woodmont Country Club.
In Purchase, N.Y., Gavin Hall, 18, birdied his last four holes to get into his first U.S. Open. He shared medalist honors with Jesse Smith in earning one of four spots.
Call The Bee's Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526. The Associated Press contributed to this report.