Date: June 07, 2016
Author: Ben Everill, AAP

Price, O’Hern last Open hopefuls

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Aron Price and Nick O'Hern are the last hopes for Australian golf to increase its US Open presence after a tough day at sectional qualifying.

Eight different sites across the United States hosted qualifying, but it was a dismal day for the Australians as none managed to earn a spot in the Open at Oakmont, near Pittsburgh, next week.

A major storm hit the Timuquana Country Club near Jacksonville in Florida, suspending play and leaving Price and O'Hern as the last two with a chance tomorrow.

Price sits tied second at five under par through just two holes of his second round, chasing one of four spots on offer in the field of 63.

O'Hern is T18 at two under through four holes of round two with the leader at eight under.

It was a tough day for the rest of the Australian hopefuls around the US.

Aaron Baddeley looked set to get a ticket for a shot at redemption.

He famously held the US Open lead after the third round at Oakmont in 2007 before falling with a final-round 80. Paired with Tiger Woods in the final group, his two-shot overnight lead evaporated on the opening hole when he made triple-bogey.

He was well in the mix today after an opening four under round in Columbus, Ohio but he shot three over in the afternoon to finish one-under and four shots out of a last spot playoff.

"It's disappointing for sure," Baddeley said.

"It would have been nice to get back there and have another go but it wasn't to be.”

John Senden and Stuart Appleby were also well off the pace in Columbus, while Brady Watt and Robert Allenby were the closest to a place in Tennessee.

Watt missed a playoff by one shot when he couldn't muster a birdie in his last two holes. He played the 2014 US Open after getting through qualifying.

Allenby produced a vintage display in the morning, shooting five under, meaning anything under par in the afternoon would have had him in with a chance.

Needing just one birdie in his last five holes, Allenby instead made two bogeys to crash out of contention.

James Nitties was two shots off the playoff at the same venue, while Daniel Fox and Rhein Gibson were well back.

Matt Jones and Nathan Holman struggled in Springfield, Ohio and Mitch Krywulycz was miles back in Georgia.

World No.1 Jason Day leads the Australian tilt already exempt for the Open, joining Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch, Ogilvy and Cameron Smith.