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Scott Headlines US Open Sectional Entrants

Adam Scott has played in 16 consecutive US Opens.
Monday looms as a last chance saloon for many Australasians hoping to sneak into the US Open field at Shinnecock Hills in less than two weeks' time. 

Sectional Qualifying for the 2018 US Open takes place at various venues across the USA and England and will be, for the vast majority of competitors, the last opportunity to gain access to the second men's major of the year.

By far the most notable Australasian entrant is Adam Scott, who can also qualify for the US Open if he is inside the top 60 in the World Ranking on June 11, the day after the FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis.

The most Australasian US Open hopefuls teeing it up on Monday will be at Brookside Golf and Country Club in Columbus, which is only a short drive away from this week’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Scott's name is down to play at Brookside and, barring a high finish at the Memorial, he will be there.

The former World No. 1 is currently 65th in the world ranking.

Even if Scott has a high finish at Muirfield Village to move inside the top 60, he may still need to make sure he doesn't slip outside that number by June 11.

Other Australians teeing it up in Columbus on Monday are Aaron Baddeley, Rod Pampling, Curtis Luck, Cameron Davis and New Zealander Danny Lee.

In Memphis, Geoff Ogilvy, Matt Jones, Greg Chalmers and James Nitties get their chance, Nitties having made it through the lottery of local qualifying just to advance this far.

Robert Allenby will tee it up near his home in Jupiter in Florida and New Zealander Steve Alker will play at Lake Merced near San Fransisco.

Only four Australians are currently guaranteed starts at the US Open: Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and David Bransdon, 

Such is the difficulty in getting a start in the event, not only do players the calibre of Adam Scott need to qualify, two-time champion Retief Goosen and 2006 champion Ogilvy must also face the starter.

The field list for Walton Heath in Surrey, England on Monday, one of the other Sectional Qualifying venues, is not yet announced but several Australians and New Zealanders have often played Sectional Qualifying in the UK.

In 2005, New Zealander Michael Campbell managed to play his way into the field for Pinehurst # 2 through qualifying at Walton Heath and would go on to win his one and only major championship.    


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