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Dozen earn places in US Open

Paul Casey, who won his third title of the year at the European Tour’s PGA Championship on Sunday, was among 12 players to earn a place in next month’s U.S. Open after this week’s rankings cut-off point.

Casey, whose one-shot victory at Wentworth lifted him to a career-high number three in the world rankings, comfortably qualified for the year’s second major by staying inside the top 50 for this week.

Englishman Casey, who began the year 41st in the world, will compete in his sixth U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, New York from June 18-21.

South African Rory Sabbatini also booked his place at Bethpage through the world rankings, his victory on Sunday at the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship lifting him to 27th.

Britons Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, Australian Adam Scott, Spaniards Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Alvaro Quiros and U.S. trio Sean O’Hair, David Toms and Nick Watney also earned spots by being in the world’s top 50.

Fernandez-Castano, a four-times European Tour champion who will make his U.S. Open debut, climbed 11 places to 49th in the rankings after tying for 11th at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

Casey, Sabbatini, O’Hair and Watney also earned full Open exemptions by virtue of being in the top 10 in the PGA Tour’s money list this week.

Further exemptions for Bethpage will be available in sectional qualifying at 13 venues in the U.S. on June 8.

The U.S. Open will be held for the second time on Bethpage’s Black Course where world number one Tiger Woods will defend the title he won last year in a playoff at Torrey Pines.


May 28, 2009

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