Aussies chasing final US Open berths

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2008 US Open | General | 01 Jun 2008

Monday June 2nd will see Sectional Qualifying for the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines completed at 13 venues across the United States and one in Surrey, England.

With seven Australians and one New Zealander already assured of a start in the event, which starts on Thursday June 12th, another 25 or so Australasians will make one last attempt to play the event, with most teeing it up in either Memphis, Tennessee or in Columbus, Ohio.

Those playing in Columbus will be doing so because of the venue’s proximity to this week’s Memorial Tournament, while those playing in Tennessee will do so prior to playing next week’s Stamford St Jude Championship in Memphis.

Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Rod Pampling and Craig Parry are already assured of a start in the US Open. All but Parry are there either as a previous winner (Ogilvy), or in the case of the others via their world ranking. Parry was one of two successful qualifiers at the recent Japan qualifying.

New Zealander Michael Campbell will also take his place despite being currently ranked outside the top 300 in the world. Campbell earns his right to play at Torrey Pines via his brilliant victory at Pinehurst in 2005.

Players of the calibre of Nick O’Hern, who is having a good week at The Memorial, will be required to tee it up, as will Mathew Goggin who is currently leading the Memorial, John Senden who sits just outside the top 50 in the world ranking and Steve Elkington.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -1 Tiger Woods United States 72 68 70 73 283
2   ↑3 -1 Rocco Mediate United States 69 71 72 71 283
3   ↓2 Ev Lee Westwood England 70 71 70 73 284
T4 +2 D.j. Trahan United States 72 69 73 72 286
T4   ↑T6 +2 Robert Karlsson Sweden 70 70 75 71 286
T6   ↑T24 +3 Carl Pettersson Sweden 71 71 77 68 287
T6   ↑T11 +3 John Merrick United States 73 72 71 71 287
T6 +3 Miguel Angel Jiménez Spain 75 66 74 72 287
T9   ↑T15 +4 Brandt Snedeker United States 76 73 68 71 288
T9   ↓T6 +4 Camilo Villegas Colombia 73 71 71 73 288
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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