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US Open tee times released for former Buckeyes golfers Maxwell Moldovan, Neal Shipley

Spencer-Holbrookby:Spencer Holbrook06/12/24

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COLUMBUS — Just two weeks ago, Neal Shipley and Maxwell Moldovan were piloting Ohio State to the semifinal of the NCAA Championship match play tournament.

Now they’re both set to tee it up at the US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday.

Yes, Moldovan and Shipley are both in the field this weekend down in North Carolina. Moldovan is appearing in his first official tournament as a professional after sneaking in the field despite missing in qualifying; he was an alternate before being included in the field. Shipley, however, is still playing as an amateur despite wrapping up his college career last month.

Shipley’s tee time on Thursday is at 8:24 a.m. His second round will tee off at 2:09 p.m.

Moldovan has the opposite window. His first round begins at 2:31 p.m. on Thursday, and he has an 8:46 a.m. tee time on Friday.

Shipley is playing his final tournament as an amateur — only because that’s how he qualified for the golf season’s third major. By finishing runner-up at last fall’s US Amateur, Shipley earned an exemption into The Masters, where he was the low amateur — and the US Open. Following this weekend, Shipley will begin his pro career.

READ: Buckeyes golfer, Masters debutant Neal Shipley set for ‘special’ experience at Augusta National

Shipley will appear in his second career major championship.

Moldovan, meanwhile, is entering his third. He previously qualified for the 2022 US Open at The Country Club, where he missed the cut. He turned around last year and made the cut as an amateur, playing all four rounds at Los Angeles Country Club and finishing in 65th place, last among those to make the cut.

Moldovan played Muirfield Village Golf Club last weekend as part of the Memorial Tournament, his first action as a professional golfer. But his score didn’t count as part of one of the PGA Tour’s most prestigious events. Instead, Moldovan teed off with Davis Thompson, and Moldovan was a marker for Thompson, who would have played as a single otherwise. This weekend, his score will count. Following the US Open, Moldovan will head to Canada to begin playing his professional golf — and work toward becoming a member of the Korn Ferry Tour. He hopes to play on the PGA Tour some day.

“I’ve been dreaming of playing professional golf my whole life, and now I’m going to have the opportunity to do it this summer,” he told Lettermen Row last weekend. “Whether it starts at the US Open next week or not, just having the chance to go down there and hopefully my name gets drawn as an alternate.

“It’s it’s a big step, and thankfully, I’ve got God, my family and friends all behind me, so I’m excited. I’m going to head up to Canada right after the US Open.”

The US Open begins Thursday. Coverage can be found on USA.

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