More Australasians through to US Open

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2009 US Open | General | 09 Jun 2009

Australians Matthew Jones, James Nitties, Steve Allan, Michael Sim and New Zealander Doug Batty have earned starts at next week’s US Open at Bethpage Black following successful days at the their respective Sectional Qualifying venues in Memphis, Tennessee, Columbus, Ohio, Columbine Valley, Colorado and Somis, California.

They will join seven other Australasians in the field for the second major of the year which starts on June 18th. Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby, Adam Scott, Rod Pampling, Stuart Appleby, Michael Campbell and David Smail had already earned their starts through various other categories.

Jones recorded rounds of 70 and 65 at the two courses he played in Memphis and finished in a share of third position while Nitties survived a playoff against eight others for the 17th and final place available in Columbus, Ohio.

John Senden was one of Nitties’ opponents in the playoff in Columbus and may yet get through as the first alternate from his venue.

Allan led his qualifier at Columbine Valley in Colorado, earning one of the only two places available from that venue.

Sim finished joint runner up at his venue in Maryland and gets a chance to play his first US Open, while at that same venue Andrew Buckle finished as the second alternate.

New Zealander Doug Batty was a surprise inclusion in the field for Bethpage when he finished tied for second at his Sectional Qualifier in California.

In Memphis Marc Leishman was another unlucky playoff loser after missing out on a six way play-off for the one remaining spot at his venues there and just as Senden was in Columbus, he is the first alternate from Memphis.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑2 -4 Lucas Glover United States 69 64 70 73 276
T2   ↑T3 -2 David Duval United States 67 70 70 71 278
T2   ↑T5 -2 Phil Mickelson United States 69 70 69 70 278
T2   ↓1 -2 Ricky Barnes United States 67 65 70 76 278
5   ↓T3 -1 Ross Fisher England 70 68 69 72 279
T6   ↓T5 Ev Hunter Mahan United States 72 68 68 72 280
T6   ↑T15 Ev Soren Hansen Denmark 70 71 70 69 280
T6   ↑T15 Ev Tiger Woods United States 74 69 68 69 280
9   ↑T25 +1 Henrik Stenson Sweden 73 70 70 68 281
T10   ↑T25 +2 Matt Bettencourt United States 75 67 71 69 282
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