After finishing his degree at the University of Illinois in May, Osceola, WI native Charlie Danielson earned quite the graduation gift.

Danielson, 22, defeated Tony Finau in a 2-for-1 playoff on Monday, Danielson qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open, his first major and second PGA Tour start. With five birdies over the final 18, Danielson was able to force a playoff with Finau for the fourth qualifying spot.

Danielson had recently tied for eighth place individually and led the Illini to a second place finish in the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Golf Championships.His Illinois teammate Nick Hardy also qualified for the U.S. Open.

The 2016 U.S. Open is set for June 16-19 in Oakmont, PA.


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