Scott majors run intact ... but only just

  • Scott majors run intact ... but only just

Scott majors run intact ... but only just

"But I set some good goals at the start of the season and I will just keep working to achieve them".

New Zealand's Ryan Fox and West Australian Jason Scrivener were successful at Walton Heath Golf Club in England's Sectional Qualifying and finished T5 and T7 respectively.

"The way I handled myself in the lead was really pleasing, too, because I knew I was four or five shots inside the (qualifying number) with 10 or so holes to play".

It means that Scott's streak of 17 years and 67 major championship starts will be extended.

Scott, who now has the second-longest major championship streak (67 starts), trailing only Sergio Garcia (72 starts), just snuck inside the automatic qualification number Monday at Lakes Golf & Country Club after dropping two shots late.

But the 22-year-old's seven-under-par 64 earned him at 12-under total and a three-shot win at the Portland site, where four US Open spots were up for grabs.

Ireland's Shane Lowry, who two years ago finished runner-up to Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open at Oakmont, shared medalist honors at the Columbus sectional with South Korea's Sungjae Im.

The longest day in golf, a.k.a. sectional qualifying Monday for the U.S. Open, is finally complete.

As usual, Brookside and The Lakes had the majority of PGA Tour players, some of them wearing shorts in a setting that hardly looked like a PGA Tour event. Keegan Bradley, who won the 2011 PGA Championship, also advanced, as did India's Shubhankar Sharma, who has won twice on the European Tour. This year will be Baddeley's first appearance at the U.S. Open since 2014. He made birdie putts of 30 feet, 18 feet and 4 feet, saved par from the bunker with a 6-foot putt and then birdied the 18th from 20 feet to make it by two.

Michael Putnam almost didn't make it to The Lakes after he opened with a 1-over 73 at Brookside.

After losing his PGA Tour card for the season, this is a huge boost for the Manawatu professional who will be looking to make the most of the opportunity on the big stage. Stricker shot 65 and tied for second with Mackenzie Hughes of Canada.