The race is on for US Open starts

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2011 US Open | General | 03 Jun 2011

On Monday June 6th, at eleven venues across the USA, those golfers not yet qualified to play this year’s US Open at Congressional Country Club, but who have earned their way into Sectional Qualifying, will compete over 36 holes in their bid to play their way into the field for this year’s Championship.

At this stage seven Australasians, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Scott Barr and Michael Campbell have earned the right to play the event but essentially Sectional Qualifying provides the last opportunity for others.

In all 804 golfers will chase just 61 places remaining in the event to be played from June 16th – 19th at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda near Washington DC.

Amongst those hopefuls are 26 Australasians, most of whom are teeing it up at the either the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville in Maryland, the Brookside and Lake Country Clubs in Columbus, Ohio, or the Tunica National in Memphis in Tennessee.

At the Woodmont Country Club, Stephen Dartnall, Mathew Goggin, Bradley Iles, Won Joon Lee, Peter Lonard, James Nitties, Ewan Porter, Alistair Presnell, and Jake Younan Wise are amongst 112 golfers playing for just 10 positions available at that venue.

At the Brookside and Lake Country Club near this week’s PGA Tour event venue at Muirfield Village, Matthew Jones, Nick O’Hern, Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Scott Hend and Michael Sim and Terry Pilkadaris take on a field totalling 120 competing for 16 positions. Victorian based Korean Jin Jeong is also in that field.

At Tunica National near Memphis, Steve Bowditch, Jarrod Lyle, Nathan Green and Aron Price chase one of ten spots available in a field of 78. Green will be seeking a unique double having recently qualified for the Open Championship at Royal St Georges via International Final Qualifying.

In Dallas in Texas, Greg Chalmers is the only Australian who will line up at the Dallas Athletic Club in his attempt to secure one of the four places alloted to that venue.

At Hawkes Ridge in Georgia, the now Korean based New Zealander, Eddie Lee, tees it up along with 46 other golfers chasing three places in the field for Congressional.

At the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale in California, Anthony Summers is one of 94 playing for just three positions.

At the St Charles Country Club in Illinois the now Denver based New South Welshman, Kane Webber, gets his chance to play in his first major championship although he will need to beat 57 other players for the three positions from that venue.

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