Donald books U.S. Open place in play-off


Former world number one Luke Donald will participate in next week's U.S. Open after coming through a play-off in the sectional qualifier in Powell, Ohio.

Without a win on the PGA Tour or European Tour since retaining the BMW PGA Championship in May 2012, Donald has slipped to 80th in the rankings.

As a result, the Englishman was in danger of missing the U.S. Open for the first time since 2004.

However, he will now be involved at Oakmont, having survived a six-man sudden-death play-off to decide the final five places up for grabs at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club.

Daniel Summerhays was the unfortunate player to miss out, as Donald, Patrick Rodgers, Jason Allred, Richard Schembechler and amateur Scottie Scheffler booked their places in the year's second major.

Soon after securing qualification, a delighted Donald posted a lengthy message on Instagram that began: "Mission accomplished!"

Bryson DeChambeau, who turned professional after an impressive display at this year's Masters, re-qualified for the U.S. Open at Wedgewood on Monday. By giving up his amateur status, he had relinquished his place in the field, but a seven-under 63 in the qualifier got DeChambeau back in.


Mission accomplished! This piece of paper means a lot to me! Can't wait to get to Oakmont next week for the US Open. It was a long day yesterday, spent 15 hours at the course waiting to see if my score was good enough to qualify, then had to come back this morning for a playoff to book my spot. I've had to qualify the last 2 years for the US Open, haven't liked it, but somehow making it this way feels pretty damn rewarding. I do want to apologize to the gentleman I hit on the hand on the 6th hole yesterday afternoon. You had left for the clubhouse before I could see how you were and say sorry. If my ball hadn't of hit you on the hand, it would probably have been in a much worse position. I ended up getting up and down for birdie, and that one shot helped me get to the US Open! Sorry and thanks! #USOpenBound

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