Garth completes US Open hopefuls

The 12 sectional qualifiers for the US Open decided the final 76 players that will compete at the US Open in two weeks’ time and Garth Mulroy was the lone South African to play his way through.


The dream of playing Pinehurst No.2 became a reality for the 35-year-old South African after he carded rounds of 69 and 68 at Walton Heath to tie for fifth at the European Sectional Qualifier.


Irishman Shane Lowry took home first place, but any of the 16 European qualifiers will feel like winners. Sadly George Coetzee’s share of 25th was not enough to secure the Joburg Open champion a spot at the year’s second major.


Hailed as the most democratic open, the US Open spreads it qualifiers across North America and also hosts one in Europe and one in Japan. Mulroy had to tackle both the new and old courses at Walton Heath, but managed to produce the goods and become one of the 76 successful qualifiers.


The Umkomaas Golf Club member resides in North Carolina and has made the cut in 18 of his 44 starts on the PGA Tour. A member of the Tour since 2007, Mulroy has collected 17 top-10s on the American sub-tour over the last seven years.


Joining the South African are former champions Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, while the new wave includes Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen. Richard Sterne completes the pack, making it six local players in a field of 150.


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