U.S. Open Trophy

The second Major of the year gets underway this week with the 114th staging of the U.S. Open Championship.

Being played at Pinehurst No.2 Australia will be represented by 10 Professionals and one amateur.

Aussies in the field include:

Adam Scott (QLD) will play the U.S. Open for the 13th time. In his previous 12 appearances he has made the cut six times with his best finish being a T15 in 2012. This will be the first Major Scott has played since becoming the World Number 1.

Jason Day (QLD) will play the U.S. Open for the fourth time. In his previous three appearances he has made the cut each time and twice finished runner-up.

John Senden (QLD) will play the U.S. Open for the sixth time. In his previous five appearances he has made the cut three times with his best finish being a T10 in 2012.

Matt Jones (NSW) will play the U.S. Open for just the second time. He made his debut in 2009 where he withdrew after an opening round of 78.

Geoff Ogilvy (VIC) will play the U.S. Open for the eighth time. He is the last Australian to win the US Open claiming the title in 2006 when the Major was played at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Oliver Goss (am)(WA) will play the U.S. Open for the first time. He earned his place in the Major courtesy of finishing runner-up at the 2013 US Amateur Championship. This is his second Major after he played in The Masters this year where he finished the leading amateur.

Aaron Baddeley (VIC) will play the U.S. Open for the 9th time. In his previous eight appearances he has made the cut twice with his best finish being a T13 in 2007.

Robert Allenby (VIC) will play the U.S. Open for the 11th time. In his previous 10 appearance he has made the cut eight times with his best finish being a T7 in 2004.

Rod Pampling (QLD) will play the U.S. Open for the 8th time. In his previous seven appearances he had made the cut three times with his best finish being T14 in 2008.

Aron Price (NSW) will make his Major debut at the U.S. Open. He was exempt into Sectional Qualifying for the U.S. Open by being inside the top-500 on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). Prior to coming home to Australia for the 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia summer of golf Price was ranked outside the top-700. With his win at the Gloria Jean’s Coffees NSW Open he earned six world rankings points. He also picked up points with his T7 finish at the Talisker Masters and T22 finish at the Australian PGA Championship. By the end of the summer he was ranked 481st on the OWGR.

Brady Watt (WA) will make his Major debut at the U.S. Open. He survived a five man playoff for just two positions at his Sectional Qualifying. He birdied the first playoff hole to book his place at Pinehurst.

Adam Scott hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during a practice round before the 2014 U.S. Open (Photo: USGA)

Round 1 tee times:
Local           AEST           Players
7.07am       9.07pm       Matt Every (USA), Roberto Castro (USA), Matt Jones (AUS)
7.18am       9.18pm       Sergio Garcia (SPN), Jason Day (AUS), Brandt Snedeker (USA)
8.13am      10.13pm      Billy Horschel (USA), Billy Hurley III (USA), Robert Allenby (AUS)
8.24am      10.24pm      Aaron Baddeley (AUS), Oliver Goss (AUS), Aron Price (AUS)
8.46am      10.46pm      Roby Shelton (USA), Matthew Dobyns (USA), Brady Watt (AUS)
12.52pm     2.52am       John Senden (AUS), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), Brooks Koepka (USA)
1.25pm       3.25am        Bubba Watson (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Charl Schwartzel (ZAF)
1.47pm       3.47am        Retief Goosen (ZAF), Geoff Ogilvy (AUS), Lucas Glover (USA)
2.09pm       4.09am        Ryan Palmer (USA), Rod Pampling (AUS), Kevin Streelman (USA)

Interesting facts:

  • Outside of the US, Australia and England have the most representatives in the field with 10 Professionals and one amateur each
  • Two Australians have previously won the U.S. Open, Geoff Ogilvy in 2006 and David Graham in 1981
  • Jason Day will play in a group made up of top players yet to win a Major
  • Adam Scott will play in a group made up of the past three Masters champions
  • Geoff Ogilvy will play in a group made up of former U.S. Open champions

 

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