Date: June 05, 2018
Author: Golf Australia

Scott grabs US Open berth, 9 Aussies are in

Adam Scott has finally secured his place in the US Open at Shinnecock next week, and the Australian continent soared from five to nine on a dramatic day of Open sectional qualifying events.

Four players – Scott, Baddeley, Matt Jones and Lucas Herbert – all found their way through the gruelling 36-hole qualifying across the US, Herbert utterly dominating his sectional.

Scott carded 66-72 at Springfield Golf Club in Ohio to slide into the field on the cutline, along with Aaron Baddeley (69-69). They were tied-10th in a qualifying sectional that took the top 14 players to Shinnecock.

It means that Scott’s streak of 17 years and 67 major championship starts will be extended.

Only Sergio Garcia at 72 has played more on the trot.

Scott was ranked 64th in the world on this week’s rankings, meaning he was four spots outside where he needed to be.

Having played six consecutive tournaments after the Memorial in Ohio at the weekend, he took the plunge for qualifying and now can rest up instead of playing the Fedex St Jude tournament on the PGA Tour this week.

"It is a nice streak to keep going; it'd be better if I win the US Open," Scott told Australian Associated Press today.

“I'm playing all these majors to try and win them, not just to show up. I'd like to make the most of this opportunity.

"(Qualifying) was a bit of a grind but somehow I snuck through. I'm really looking forward to Shinnecock Hills; it's one of my favourite courses so I'm really happy to get there."

The Australian list for the US Open is: Scott, Baddeley, Jones, Herbert, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Jason Scrivener, David Bransdon.

Jones, the former Australian Open champion, made his way through an 11-way playoff for three spots at Colonial Golf Club in Tennessee, making a birdie at the first playoff hole.

Victorian Herbert, 22, shot 66-64 at Portland Golf Club to win his sectional by three shots and qualify for his first US Open.