Seiffert embraces the challenges, thrilled to qualify for U.S. Open

Chase Seiffert had to fight every step of the way, from junior college golf in Alabama to Florida State and on through nearly a decade of professional golf. The journey is now all the more rewarding after he qualified for a spot in the U.S. Open.

A 2013 graduate of FSU, Seiffert battled each week and often fell short. In 2021, he missed 12 cuts in 22 tournaments. This spring, Seiffert tied for 25th in the Honda Classic in February and tied for 18th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans but he also missed the cut in four of 10 tournaments.

That’s what made his qualifying round so stunning. Seiffert carded 36 holes in 7-under at the Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga., to take a spot in the U.S. Open, which begins on Thursday at Brookline, Mass. 

“You always admire the push and the desire,” FSU coach Trey Jones said. “Not much of a recruited player. I have some contacts and close friends in Panama City that are well connected in the golf community there where he’s from. When I called them about him, They said, ‘None of us can believe that he would be able to play at Florida State.’ So where he came from that point to where he is, he’s always been a grinder. Nothing’s really come that easy for him. He’s not afraid to work. He’s just always going to continue to improve.”

Seiffert spent two years at FSU and was a two-time All-ACC selection. He finished tied for second at the Seminole Intercollegiate, ACC Championship and NCAA Tallahassee Regional in the 2013 spring season. On the PGA Tour, he has had a few encouraging moments, tying for third at the Honda Classic in 2021. But he’s outside of the FedEx top 125, often forced to qualify for tournaments. (He is currently 158th.) At the U.S. Open qualifier, he had 10 birdies and three bogeys — including four birdies on each of the par-5s in his second round.

“I couldn’t be happier to be playing my first major championship,” Seiffert said in a text. “I’ve been working really hard for this and it feels great for it to come to fruition.”

Seiffert will join two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Jonas Blixt in the field. Blixt also qualified by shooting 10-under at Milton, Ontario. U.S. Open tee times can be viewed here. NBC and USA will provide television coverage with additional streaming on Peacock.