Date: May 27, 2008

Pamps punches Major tickets

Aussie Rod Pampling&aposs tied second place on the weekend moved him up 22 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&aposs US Open at Torrey Pines from June 12-15 and The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July. Pamps now joins fellow Aussies Adam Scott (OWGR 4), Geoff Ogilvy (5), Aaron Baddeley (18), Stuart Appleby (28) and Robert Allenby (40) as the Australian 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 4 and the highest ranked Australasian. Players still have this week&aposs Memorial Tournament in Ohio to win a place at the US Open, with aussie Nick O&aposHern 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 Adam Scott has withdrawn from the Memorial due to illness and may yet add the Stanford St. Jude Championship in Memphis to his schedule before the Open, but he had previously planned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&aposs 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.