TADSWORTH, England (AP) — Andrew “Beef” Johnston made his third eagle of the day at just the right time and was among 15 players who earned a spot in the U.S. Open at a 36-hole sectional qualifier in England.
Aaron Rai of England, who already has won two Challenge Tour events this year, was the medalist Monday at Walton Heath. He had rounds of 66-64 and finished one shot ahead of Li Haotong of China, who also will be playing in his first major.
Among those who failed to qualify was Padraig Harrington, who opened with a 77. While others who started with high scores withdrew, the three-time major champion went back out for his second round and shot 68, though it wasn’t close to qualifying.
The final four spots were determined by a seven-man playoff.
Paul Dunne of Ireland, who shared the 54-hole lead at St. Andrews two years ago in the British Open, and Thomas Aiken of South Africa each made par on the par-3 opening hole on the New Course and the par-3 17th on the Old Course at Walton Heath. Matt Wallace (par) and Wade Ormsby (bogey) advanced on the second extra hole.
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