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05.06.2018 - Thorbjørn Olesen completed a dream 24 hours as the Dane booked his place in next week’s U.S. Open Championship. Olesen completes dream 24 hours as Johnston leads U.S. Open Qualifiers

Thorbjørn Olesen completed a dream 24 hours as the Dane booked his place in next week’s U.S. Open Championship at the Sectional Qualifier in Walton Heath Golf Club, the day after becoming a Rolex Series champion with the biggest victory of his career at the Italian Open.
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Fan favourite Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston was among the four British players who took the first four spots. ©USGA/Matthew Harris

Thorbjørn Olesen completed a dream 24 hours as the Dane booked his place in next week’s U.S. Open Championship at the Sectional Qualifier in Walton Heath Golf Club, the day after becoming a Rolex Series champion with the biggest victory of his career at the Italian Open. “From last week I have a lot of confidence and belief in myself now so I have to keep working hard and hopefully be ready for the U.S Open. I have heard lots of good things about Shinnecock Hills so I’m really looking forward to seeing it.”

It was a typically dramatic day at Walton Heath Golf Club - which will host the British Masters supported by Sky Sports later this year - as 107 players battled it out over 36 holes for just 14 spots in the year’s second Major Championship at Shinnecock Hills in New York.

Fan favourite Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston was among the four British players who took the first four spots, the Englishman making it three consecutive successful qualifications through this venue after finishing top of the leaderboard on ten under par alongside countryman James Morrison. Playing partners Matt Southgate of England and Richie Ramsay of Scotland shared third spot on nine under. “The last event I played in New York area was the US PGA Championship at Baltusrol and that was wild! So I’m expecting it’s going to be loud and it’ll be good fun. I haven’t played there before but I’ve heard some really good things about it so I’m really looking forward to playing there.”

Two-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace and 2016 Amateur Champion Scott Gregory were among the others to qualify while Olesen shared 12th place with Norwegian amateur Kristoffer Reitan on six under.

That meant they both avoided the eight-man play-off – with one of the nine players tied for 13thhaving missed the play-off after departing the venue early. The action went late into the evening, and the man to emerge victorious by claiming the one and only spot available was Englishman Paul Waring, who overcame compatriot Ryan Evans after it came down to just two players on the fourth extra hole.


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