Australians' last hope for US Open start
BY Bruce Young | 02 Jun 2014
Currently six Australians, Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy, Matthew Jones and Oliver Goss are assured starts at the US Open and tonight Australian time at ten venues across the USA, many more will attempt to gain access to the second major championship of the 2014 season.
In San Francisco at the Lake Merced Golf Club and the Olympic Club, 110 players will tee it up attempting to secure one of the five spots available at the completion of 36 holes qualifying.
Nathan Holman, Nigel Spence and David McKenzie are the Australians in the field while New Zealander Steve Alker is also trying his luck.
Spence is a South Australian golfer who now runs golf at one of the leading courses in the Scottsdale area, the Whisper Rock Golf Club, and has secured a chance via Sectional Qualifying to play the US Open.
At Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach in Florida Nick O’Hern and Aron Price are amongst 55 hopefuls gunning for four spots.
At the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Columbus in Ohio, Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Steven Bowditch, Mathew Goggin, Ashley Hall, Scott Hend, Alistair Presnell, Marc Leishman, Rod Pampling, Cameron Percy and New Zealander Danny Lee chase one of 16 spots from a field of 120.
At the Springfield Country Club in Springfield in Ohio, Nathan Green is the only Australian amongst 63 hopefuls for three spots.
At the Colonial Country Club in Memphis in Tennessee Brady Watt, Bronson La Cassie, Nick Cullen, Scott Gardiner, Rhein Gibson and New Zealander Tim Wilkinson are lining up in a field of 145 for 13 positions at Pinehurst # 2.
At the Lakeside Country Club in Houston Melbourne’s Chris Thorn is the lone Aussie teeing it up with 55 others in pursuit of three spots in the US open field.