Stephen Allan plays US Open for the 6th time – file photo Bruce Young
With Sectional Qualifying for next week’s US Open at Torrey Pines near San Diego now completed, seven Australians are now confirmed for the third major championship of 2021.
Former Australian Open Champion, Stephen Allan, was the only Australian to gain access to the event via Sectional Qualifying after he produced a second round of 68 at his venue, the Meadow Springs Country Club in Washington, this morning to secure one of the two spots available from that course.
Allan, currently ranked outside the top 1000 in the world, joins Cameron Smith, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Wade Ormsby and Brad Kennedy as Australians qualified to play the event beginning on June 17th.
For Allan it will be his 6th appearance at the US Open, many of those starts earned via the demanding qualifying process. His first appearance came in 1999 as a 25-year-old.
Jason Day, now outside the required automatic qualification of a top 60 standing in the world ranking, withdrew from qualifying after a late withdrawal from last week’s Memorial due to an ongoing back issue.
Day has played every US Open since 2011 where he finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy on debut in the event. In his ten previous and consecutive appearances he has been twice runner-up and once 4th although in more recent times he has a best of 21st in his last four starts.
The US Open run is over for Jason Day seen here being interviewed after his debut runner-up in 2011.