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Sectional qualifying adds six Australasians to US Open field

Fraser plays his way into a 4th US Open (Photo: Henry Peters)
Sectional Qualifying for next week’s US Open at Pebble Beach was completed this morning at a series of venues across Great Britain and the USA and, as a result, another four Australians and two New Zealanders have been added to the four Australians already qualified via their performances in world golf in recent times.

Matt Jones gained his access via an early Sectional qualifier in Dallas two weeks ago but, today his fellow Australians, Marcus Fraser, Aaron Baddeley and Brett Drewitt earned their right of passage to the holy grail of American golf (Pebble Beach) and its most significant golf tournament and are joined by New Zealanders Ryan Fox and amateur Daniel Hillier.

Fraser finished 3rd and earned one of the 14 spots available at Walton Heath in Surrey England, the same venue at which Hillier finished 8th to play his way into the field for his first major championship start.

Baddeley and Fox finished 7th at the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Ohio and Web.Com Tour player, Drewitt, secured one of the last spots at his venue at the Springfield Country Club in Ohio.

That group will join fellow Australasians Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith in the field for golf’s third major of the year beginning on Thursday June 13th.

Fraser has been sadly out of form in recent starts missing his last three cuts but a good day at Walton Heath on the greens aided his cause.

“It was a long way to come over for this qualifier,” said the Victorian. “I was first reserve for Made in Denmark and didn’t get in, I didn’t play great in Belgium and missed the cut. I didn’t play well today but the putter was as good as it’s ever been and that got me through.

“This will be my fourth U.S. Open. At Pebble Beach it’ll be like the Open at St Andrews. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Baddeley has played well this season in his starts on the PGA Tour including when runner-up at the Puerto Rico Open and 7th in the Dominican Republic. He will play in his 12th US Open Championship his best finish being when 13th in 2007.

Matt Jones will play the US Open for the 4th occasion having failed to make the weekend in his previous three. He has however played well in 2019 having made all but two of his 13 cuts and finishing 5th three starts ago in Dallas.

Drewitt will play his first US Open, the New South Welshman and former PGA Tour player having played 14 events on the Web.Com Tour in 2019 for a best of 14th.

Fox, who earlier this year won his first European Tour title, will play his second US Open having made the cut and finished 41st in 2018 while the talented and promising Hillier gets to play his first major championship.

 

 

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