Leishman books US Open spot by the skin of his teeth

Marc Leishman has survived the May 25 Official World Golf Ranking Top 60 cut off for a place in the US Open at Chambers Bay by the narrowest of margins, following weekend results on the PGA and European Tours.

The 31-year old Victorian was among eleven players who secured their place, the biggest mover being Korean Byeong Hun An who earned his spot courtesy of his record-breaking performance in winning the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club.

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An’s win also lifted him from 132 to number 54 in the world, making the battle for positions even more tight.

Leishman began the week at No.56 and despite finishing a creditable tie for 27th in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, only just snuck in on the very last qualifying place at No.60 when the re-rank was completed.

He becomes the fifth Australian to join the Open field with more opportunities available through sectional qualifying and a further Top 60 cut off on June 15.

Other big movers included Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who tied for second at Wentworth highlighted by a second hole-in-one in as many weeks during the third round, and Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who both came from outside the Top 60 to earn places.

The most notable casualty was former world No.1 Luke Donald, who slipped from No.60 to 65 after failing to fire at Wentworth.

Americans Ben Martin and Charley Hoffman, Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, South African George Coetzee, Scotland’s Marc Warren, Ireland’s Shane Lowry and England’s Tommy Fleetwood were positioned between No. 50 and 57 at the start of the week and held or improved their standings to each earn tee times at Chambers Bay.