In what has to count as a minor miracle, the 96-man 2023 WM Phoenix Open Monday qualifier did not go to a playoff.
Andre Metzger of Scottsdale shot the round of the day on the Pine Course, a bogey-free 65 that included birdies on Nos. 14, 16 and 17.
Brett White of Houston and Dalton Ward of Saint Simons Island, Georgia, each shot 66 to tie for second. White had eight birdies on his card. Ward also had a bogey-free day with six birdies.
Only the top three advance and generally this qualifier needs a playoff to decide things.
SCORES: WM Phoenix Open Monday qualifier
Sudarshan Yellamaraju, Nicolo Galletti, Danny Guise, Austen Truslow, Cole Hammer and Michael Gligic all shot 67s to miss out on forcing extra golf by a shot.
Derek Oland, Carson Schaake, Aaron Baddeley and Harry Hall tied for 10th after shooting 68s.
Other notables: DJ Trahan T-14 (69), Parker Mclachlin T-23 (70) and Bo Van Pelt T-23 (70).
The day started with 96 golfers teeing off; 90 finished their rounds.
Story originally appeared on GolfWeek