Surrey - France's Gregory Bourdy led 13 players into the field for the US Open
golf championship next month at Oakmont Country Club in the
International Sectional qualifier at Walton Heath in Surrey, England on
Four-time European Tour winner Bourdy shot rounds of 67 and 68 to finish
nine-under-par, two shots clear of Sweden's Mikael Lundberg, to lead
the qualifying event for the US Open which takes place outside
Pittsburgh starting on June 16.
Irishman Padraig Harrington, announced last week as one of Darren
Clarke's vice-captains for this year's Ryder Cup, bogeyed his final two
holes to miss out on the playoff by one shot.
Lundberg, a three-time European Tour winner, will make his major
championship debut after posting his seven-under total in cold and
Bourdy's compatriots Gary Stal and Romain Wattel will join him in the
field after both finished on four-under, a figure matched by Sweden's
Englishman Andrew Johnston shot three-under, delighting local crowds by
clinching his spot in what will be his US tournament debut. The
27-year-old last month won his maiden European Tour title in Spain.
His compatriots Lee Slattery (six-under) and Matthew Baldwin (four-under) also qualified.
Ryder Cup hero Peter Hanson of Sweden put a couple of injury-hampered
years behind him to earn qualification on three-under-par alongside
Italy's Matteo Manassero, still only 23 years old but now set for his
fourth US Open appearance.
A five-man playoff determined the last three qualifiers, with Germany's
Max Kieffer holing from the bunker on the first hole. Dane Soren Hansen
qualified with a birdie at the second.
Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg claimed the last berth with a birdie on the
fifth extra hole to earn his maiden major championship appearance.