Danny Woodhead advances in U.S. Open qualifying

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Danny Woodhead seems to be authoring another success story against long odds.

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The former NFL running back advanced in qualifying on Thursday for the upcoming U.S. Open golf tournament, slated for June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Woodhead, who took up golf after retiring from football, shot a par 71 at the Omaha Country Club in his home state of Nebraska to advance to final qualifying for a chance to play in the Open.

The former Jets, Patriots, Chargers and Ravens running back is a regular at local competitions, according to the Omaha World-Herald, and he qualified for the 2021 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Chambers Bay.

This week, Woodhead was followed by a Golf Channel-commissioned three-man video crew in anticipation of a potential video series, the World-Herald reported.

The former Chadron State standout famously went undrafted over concerns about his size and the quality of his competition in the college ranks. A

After breaking in with the Jets, he established himself as a steady contributor with the Patriots and Chargers.

Final qualifying was set to be held at 11 different sites from May 23-June 6.

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