Five Aussies assured US Open starts
BY Bruce Young | 21 May 2014
Five Australians are assured of a start at the 2014 US Open Championship although there still exists the possibility for others to play their way into the field prior to the event beginning on June 12th at Pinehurst # 2.
Adam Scott, Jason Day and Oliver Goss are currently and officially exempt while John Senden and Matt Jones will become exempt next Monday when the revised world rankings are announced.
Scott is in the field as a result his win at the Masters in 2013 and by his place in the field at the 2013 Tour Championship. His world ranking standing as at the first cut off of May 26th will also obviously work for him
Jason Day will play, subject to his injury issues being resolved, as a result of his runner-up place behind Justin Rose last year and his place in the field at the Tour Championship last year. Again his world ranking is another criteria he will meet.
Oliver Goss gets a start in a second major championship courtesy of his runner-up finish at the US Amateur Championship, a performance that also gave him the opportunity to become the leading amateur at this year’s Masters.
As of next Monday the leading 60 players in the world ranking are guaranteed a start and as things stand John Senden and Matt Jones are so far inside that number that they are also assured of lining up.
Marc Leishman, at number 62, is playing this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth. As a result of his 3rd place finish in Dallas last week he now has a great chance of playing his way into the field. A top 10, perhaps a top 15 this week might be enough for him to play his 4th US Open.
He would still have a second opportunity if he was to force his way into the top 60 by June 9th just a few days before the US Open.
No other Australians are inside the top 100 in the world and so the only hope for those who are eligible to do so would be to try and earn a start via Sectional Qualifying at 12 sites in Japan, England and across the USA on May 29th and June 2nd.
Amongst those are two Australians who managed to get through local qualifying held at more than one hundred venues across the USA.
West Australian Brady Watt who reached the semi-finals of the US Amateur still had to go through this process and led the qualifiers at his venue in Texas while Chris Thorn from Melbourne also got through at his venue.