Goggin, Lyle gain US Open starts

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2008 US Open | General | 03 Jun 2008

Australians have not fared too well at sectional qualifying for the US Open with only the in-form Mathew Goggin and Jarrod Lyle gaining a start at Torrey Pines.

Goggin survived a playoff for one of the final two spots available at his venue in Cordova in Tennessee while for Lyle it was a lot easier, finishing in a share of 7th of the 24, who advanced from his venue in Columbus, Ohio.

Qualifying was held at thirteen venues across the USA plus one in Surrey, England. The Japan Sectional qualifying was held a week earlier with Craig Parry claiming one of the two places available there.

Goggin, who 24 hours earlier finished runner up at the Memorial Tournament in Columbus Ohio, chose to play in Cordova in preference to a venue in Columbus as he is playing this week’s St Jude Stamford Championship in nearby Memphis.

Nine players were on the score for the final two places at that particular venue and it would be Goggin and Casey Wittenberg, who would make it through.

Other Australians, who went close without gaining a place in next week’s field at this stage were Steve Elkington who finished as 1st alternate at his venue in Texas and Adam Bland, who finished as 2nd alternate at his venue, which was the second venue in Columbus, Ohio.

Nine Australians now have places at Torrey Pines including Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Rod Pampling, Craig Parry, Jarrod Lyle and Mathew Goggin while Michael Campbell is the only New Zealander.


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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