US Open

Els flies SA flag at US Open

2014-06-16 12:30
Ernie Els (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Ernie Els finished as the top South African player, with a share for 35th spot in the final round of the US Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina, on Sunday.

The "Big Easy" signed for a two-over-par 72 to end eight over for the tournament, well behind German winner Martin Kaymer who was nine-under for the week.

Louis Oosthuizen followed his third round 78 with a strong three-under 67 on day four, enough to earn a share of 40th place - nine over for the event.

Also on nine over, was Garth Mulroy who stumbled to a 76 on the last day after he had started the day in a tie for 16th. A top-15 finish would have guaranteed Mulroy an automatic invitation to next year's event.

Retief Goosen also battled, ending with a final round 75, ending 10 over for the year's second major. Goosen, a two-time champion in the event, was playing in his final year of his exemption period after last taking the title in 2004.

The Goose, like Mulroy, was seeking a top-15 place, having started the last 18 holes in 20th spot.

His six-over effort, though, meant Goosen fell to 45th overall.

The only other South African taking part, Charl Schwartzel, failed to make the cut for the weekend.

Scores after Sunday's final round of the 114th US Open
golfchampionship at par-70 Pinehurst:

271 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 65-65-72-69

279 - Erik Compton (USA) 72-68-67-72, Rickie Fowler (USA) 70-70-67-72

281 - Keegan Bradley (USA) 69-69-76-67, Jason Day (AUS) 73-68-72-68, Brooks Koepka (USA) 70-68-72-71, Dustin Johnson (USA) 69-69-70-73, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 69-69-70-73

282 - Adam Scott (AUS) 73-67-73-69, Jimmy Walker (USA) 70-72-71-69, Brandt Snedeker (USA) 69-68-72-73

283 - Jim Furyk (USA) 73-70-73-67, Marcel Siem (GER) 70-71-72-70, Justin Rose (ENG) 72-69-70-72, Kevin Na (USA) 68-69-73-73, Matt Kuchar (USA) 69-70-71-73

284 - Brendon Todd (USA) 69-67-79-69, Ian Poulter (ENG) 70-70-74-70, JB Holmes (USA) 70-71-72-71, Jordan Spieth (USA) 69-70-72-73

285 - Cody Gribble (USA) 72-72-72-69, Steve Stricker (USA) 70-71-73-71

286 - Billy Horschel (USA) 75-68-73-70, Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 70-71-73-72, Shiv Kapur (IND) 73-70-71-72, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 71-68-74-73, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 69-71-72-74

287 - Daniel Berger (USA) 72-71-78-66, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 68-74-75-70, Kenny Perry (USA) 74-69-74-70, Phil Mickelson (USA) 70-73-72-72, Victor Dubuisson (FRA) 70-72-70-75, Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 68-70-73-76, Chris Kirk (USA) 71-68-72-76

288 - Patrick Reed (USA) 71-72-73-72, Ernie Els (RSA) 74-70-72-72, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 73-71-72-72, Bill Haas (USA) 72-72-71-73, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 69-71-74-74

289 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 71-73-78-67, Zac Blair (USA) 71-74-73-71, Zach Johnson (USA) 71-74-72-72, Lucas Bjerregard (DEN) 70-72-72-75, Garth Mulroy (RSA) 71-72-70-76

290 - Danny Willett (ENG) 70-71-78-71, Webb Simpson (USA) 71-72-73-74, Retief Goosen (RSA) 73-71-71-75

291 - Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 71-73-78-69, Billy Hurley (USA) 71-74-75-71, Harris English (USA) 69-75-75-72, Ryan Moore (USA) 76-68-71-76

292 - Noh Seung-Yul (KOR) 70-72-76-74, Gary Woodland (USA) 72-71-75-74

293 - Scott Langley (USA)72-71-75-75, Stewart Cink (USA) 72-72-74-75

294 - Fran Quinn (USA) 68-74-79-73, Paul Casey (ENG) 70-75-74-75, Nicholas Lindheim (USA) 72-73-72-77

295 - Justin Leonard (USA) 75-70-75-75

297 - Russell Henley (USA) 70-74-82-71, Kevin Tway (USA) 72-72-81-72, Alex Cejka (GER) 73-71-77-76

298 - Kevin Stadler (USA) 77-68-78-75, Clayton Rask (USA) 73-71-77-77, Bo Van Pelt (USA) 72-72-75-79

299 - Boo Weekley (USA) 71-73-80-75

309 - Toru Taniguchi (JPN) 72-73-88-76

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