Pampling qualifies for US Open
BY iseekgolf.com | US PGA Tour | 2008 US Open | General | 27 May 2008
Aussie Rod Pampling’s tied second place at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on the weekend moved him up twenty-two places to world number 47 and he is now exempt for the US Open and Open Championship as a result.
The 38-year-old Queenslander finished in a tie for second at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, one shot behind winner Phil Mickelson and courtesy of his world top 50 position is now exempt into next month’s US Open at Torrey Pines from June 12-15 and the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July.
Pamps now joins fellow Adam Scott (OWGR 4), Geoff Ogilvy (5), Aaron Baddeley (18), Stuart Appleby (28), Robert Allenby (40) and Michael Campbell as the Australasian contingent who are currently exempt into the US Open.
Ogilvy jumped up two places on the Official World Golf Ranking after his tie for seventh on the weekend whilst Scott remained firm at World number four and the highest ranked Australasian.
Players still have this week’s Memorial Tournament in Ohio to win a place at the US Open, with Aussie Nick O’Hern at world number 58 still a chance of earning his spot.
Adam Scott has withdrawn from the Memorial due to illness and may yet add the Stanford St. Jude Championship in Memphis to his schedule before the Open, but he had previously planned to spend the week in San Diego, getting acclimatised for the year’s second Major.
Sectional Qualifying will also be held on June 2 in 14 locations. 13 in the US and one in England.
The 2008 US Open begin will be played at Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego California from June 12-15. Argentinian Angel Cabrera will return to defend his title at the $US7,000,000 event.
Australasian Players Eligibility: (of the 72 players who are exempt from qualifying for the 108th US Open listed only in the first category for which they were eligible)
- U.S. Open champions (last 10 years): Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Campbell
- Top 15 finishers and ties from the 2007 US Open: Aaron Baddeley
- Top 30 players from the 2007 PGA Tour money list: Adam Scott, Robert Allenby
- Top 50 in the world ranking on May 26: Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling
Source – PGA Tour