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PRESS FILE PHOTONew Tripoli’s Cole Miller competed in his first US Open last weekend and is set to tee it up in the third professional event of his career this week. PRESS FILE PHOTONew Tripoli’s Cole Miller competed in his first US Open last weekend and is set to tee it up in the third professional event of his career this week.

Miller competes in his first US Open

Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com in Sports

Northwestern Lehigh graduate Cole Miller finished off his first US Open last weekend at 12-over par.

Although Miller was not one of the 67 players to make the cut, he finished in the top 100, tying for 98th place with the likes of Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel and Matt Kuchar. He finished one shot better than Adam Scott and a more than a stroke better than major champions Sergio Garcia (+14), Keegan Bradley (+15) and Martin Kaymer (+18).

Miller missed the cut by just four strokes.

In just his second start as a professional, with former Northwestern teammate Nick Vecellio on his bag, Miller shot rounds of 78 and 74 on the par-70 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. He hit 16 of 28 fairways and 18 of 36 greens while taking 62 putts last Thursday and Friday. Over two rounds he made three birdies, five bogeys and five double bogeys.

Miller will compete this week in his second event on the Mackenzie Tour, Canada’s PGA circuit. He finished tied for 23rd (6-under par) in his first tournament on that tour the week before the US Open.

After playing in the Mackenzie event in British Columbia, Miller traveled to Long Island to play at Shinnecock. This week’s the Penn State graduate is heading almost all the way back across the continent to tee it up in the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open in Alberta.

If he plays well on the Mackenzie Tour, Miller could earn status or the chance to enter qualifying school for the Web.com Tour, where many of the players on the big tour have used as a stepping stone.

With respectable finishes in both of his first two pro tournaments, Miller seems on pace to eventually get there too.