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.