A 36-hole Sectional Qualifier was held on Monday in Surrey, England, to determine a whopping 15 spots for next month’s U.S. Open. The qualifiers got themselves one step closer to realizing a major dream, but the real winner of the qualifier may have been the fans.
That is because Andrew “Beef” Johnston, a media dream and one of the most popular players in the world, was among those who punched their tickets to Erin Hills.
- 111 U.S. Open hopefuls played in Monday’s sectional qualifier. 11 spots were won outright, with the final four being awarded in a playoff.
- The low score at the sectional qualifier belonged to England’s Aaron Rai, who posted 66-64 (-14). Rai, who has been having an excellent season on Europe’s Challenge Tour.
- Andrew “Beef” Johnston, one of the most popular and most likeable figures in golf, was among those who made the U.S. Open field via the sectional qualifier.
- Johnston called it a “great day” after carding three eagles over the 36-holes, shooting 68-66.
- Johnston finsihed T54 in last year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont.
- Other notables to qualify in Surrey include Richie Ramsay, Bradley Dredge, George Coetzee, Paul Dunne, and Thomas Aiken.
- Notables who competed, but did not capture a U.S. Open spot include Nicolas Colsaerts, Mikko Ilonen, Gregory Havret, Marcel Siem, Scott Hend, Robert Rock, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Robert Karlson, Matteo Manassero, and Y.E. Yang
- The 2017 U.S. Open will be played June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
Cheers. Thanks for all ur support ???? https://t.co/VQqCv4qxBE
— Andrew'BEEF'Johnston (@BeefGolf) May 30, 2017
— FootJoy (@FootJoy) May 30, 2017
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) May 29, 2017
A great day today. Again the support was nuts. U lot are the best i really do appreciate it ??
— Andrew'BEEF'Johnston (@BeefGolf) May 29, 2017
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