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Adam Scott survives tense final hour for US Open start

Scott hangs on for yet another US Open start. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Australians Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, Jason Scrivener, Lucas Herbert and Matt Jones along with New Zealanders Ryan Fox and Tim Wilkinson have been added to the field for next week’s US Open following the completion of Sectional Qualifying overnight.

Herbert produced a dominant display at Portland Golf Club in Oregon, firing rounds of 66 and 64 to finish three shots clear of the field at 12 under and, more importantly, grab one of the four US Open spots on offer in Portland.

Herbert now has starts at two majors this year having gained a start at the Open Championship via International Final Qualifying in Singapore earlier this year. 

36 holes were played at eleven venues (one in England and 10 in the USA) in what was, for most of the 800+ players, the last opportunity to secure one of the 71 remaining places available into next week’s championship at Shinnecock Hills in New York.

In Columbus in Ohio where the bulk of the Australians would tee it up, Aaron Baddeley overcame some recent indifferent form having missed his last three cuts to grab one of the 14 places at the Brookside and Lakes Golf and Country Clubs.

But it would be Adam Scott who would be under the most pressure late in his round needing to par his last four holes at the Lakes Golf and Country Club to hold on and avoid a playoff for what would have been one spot against nine others.

Scott had opened with a morning round of 66 at the Brookside Golf and Country Club and when he reached the turn at 2 under in the afternoon he appeared to be well on his way to playing his 17th consecutive US Open.

Then came bogeys at the 11th and 14th holes and things began to tighten up especially given what was at stake. Scott would hold on however with four straight pars to finish and avoid the lottery of a ten man playoff for the one remaining place in the field.  

In Memphis Sydney's Matt Jones, the 2015 Australian Open Champion, grabbed one of the last spots at his venue with a strong finish to his second round, a homeward nine of 32 seeing him finish on the number. 

In Maryland, New Zealander Tim Wilkinson made it through Sectional Qualifying for the second time in three years when he finished second at his venue, a hole-in-one during his second round assisting him to one of the four spots up for grabs at the Woodmont Country Club.

Wilkinson, who plays the Web.Com Tour, was also successful in Sectional Qualifying in 2016.

At Walton Heath in Surrey in England, New Zealander Ryan Fox finished 5th and West Australian Jason Scrivener finished 7th to each secure one of the 14 positions available at that venue from the 120 who teed it up.

South Australian Wade Ormsby narrowly missed out at the same venue when he was one of eight players in a playoff for the one remaining place.

In Springfield in Ohio, South Australian David Lutterus will be gutted after he led through 18 holes with an opening 65 to lead at that point before a second round of 74 saw him miss out by just one shot.

Lutterus appeared to be still in control through 9 holes of round two before dropping three shots over his closing nine to miss a potential playoff by one.  

So the Australasian contingent for the US Open is now Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones, Lucas Herbert, David Bransdon, Jason Scrivener, Ryan Fox and Tim Wilkinson.



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