Scott amongst Aussies to lock in US Open spot
Only 54 of these players are exempt all the way to Shinnecock Hills on June 14, with the remaining players needing to play their way into the championship via local and sectional qualifying.
There are 112 courses hosting 18-hole local qualifiers that were contested in 45 states and Canada from April 30 to May 17.
Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Those who advanced teed it up this week in a 36-hole sectional qualifier, being held at 11 different sites on June 4, with one additional qualifier held in Japan on May 21.
Aussies Jason Scrivener and David Bransdon have qualified after Scrivener shot rounds of 69-68 at Walton Heath Golf Club (Old and New Courses), Surrey, England, whilst Bransdon qualified in Japan. Back in May, Brett Coletta fired a 66 to be one of three to qualify from the Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona.
Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith received exemptions based either on qualifying for the 2017 Tour Championship or being within the top 60 point leaders in the Official World Rankings.
After missing out on another chance to secure a spot following his poor performance at The Memorial, Adam Scott was forced to make his first-ever appearance at sectional qualifying if he wanted to retain an unbroken major streak that dates back to 2001.
The Queenslander entered The Memorial last week at No. 65 in the world rankings and needed a solid result to enter the world top-60 by the June 11 exemption cutoff. He was in a tie for 11th through three rounds, but slipped down the standings with a 1-over 73 that included just three birdies.
The good news is that Scott was able to secure a place this morning following rounds of 66 and 72 to make the mark right on the cut line of 6-under and joins fellow Aussie Aaron Baddeley, who fired back-to-back rounds of 69 at the same venue, to finish alongside the Masters champion at T10.
Matt Jones qualified in equal 9th place in Tennessee while David Lutterus missed qualifying by a stroke at Springfield CC, Ohio but will line up as an alternate.
Lucas Herbert was the last of the Aussies to qualify. The 23-year-old did it easily in the end with rounds of 66 and 64 to finish on 12-under to claim one of four spots available at the Portland Golf Club in Oregon.