Ormsby ends 16-year wait to contest maiden major
Affable Aussie Wade Ormsby has ended a long overdue 16-year wait to contest his first Major after successfully qualifying for next fortnight’s US Open.
Ormsby, 37, managed to earn a place in the Erin Hills tournament right on the cut-off mark with scores of 66 and 69 in Monday’s 36-hole qualifier at Walton Heath, south of London.
Wade Ormsby (Credit: Asian Tour)
It was the Adelaide-born Ormsby’s fourth attempt at US Open qualifying at Walton Heath but his first since 2009.
England’s Aaron Rai grabbed top qualifying honours with rounds of 66 and 64 for a 14-under tally.
Ormsby was among seven players to end their rounds on nine-under with the leading 17 overall winning a tee-time at the June 15th starting US Open in suburban Milwaukee.
Ormsby had produced a flawless bogey-free six-birdie haul in the morning over the New Course at Walton Heath and then after a short lunch break he went out to tackle the famed Old Course.
However, it was not the start “Orms” was seeking after dropping two shots over his first six holes but then managing to sandwich a third hole eagle between bogeys at two, five and six to make the turn at one-over par and back to five-under in tally.
Ormsby then knuckled down to birdie four holes in a five-hole run from the 11th to 16th holes ahead of two closing pars to secure his place in the $US12m US Open and the year’s second Major.
And he then got onto Twitter to post a very simple message: “1st major… can’t wait!”
He now joins fellow Australians including Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith in the year’s second Major.