Eleven Aussies line up for US Open
World number one Adam Scott will lead one of the largest contingents of Australians for years at this week’s US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Five more Australians have earned their “stripes” to tackle one of the world’s toughest golf tournaments after successfully negotiating sectional qualifying at one of the eight sites across the United States.
2013 NSW Open winner Aron Price will make his major debut at the 2014 US Open this week
That brought the Aussie contingent to 11 with the late inclusions being Rod Pampling, Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby, Aron Price and Brady Watt.
Those five join Scott as well as world No. 7 Jason Day, John Senden, Matt Jones, Geoff Ogilvy and amateur Oliver Goss, who were already exempt into the field.
Price, from the southern suburbs of Sydney, will be playing in his first Major championship, although he has been having a hot and cold year on the secondary Web.com Tour in the US this year.
Price won the Gloria Jeans NSW Open at the end of 2013 on the PGA Tour of Australasia and since then also finished in a tie for third at the Web.com Tour’s Panama event.
Watt, from Perth has only been a professional for a bit over six months and will also be playing in his first major.
At the other end of the scale, popular Queenslander Rod Pampling, now 44, will be making his eighth US Open appearance, with his best result coming in 2008 at Torrey Pines where he finished in a tie for 14th.
Defending champion at Pinehurst is England’s Justin Rose.
The last time the Open was played at Pinehurst it was won by the late, great American Payne Stewart, who was later killed in a plane crash.