Dean Burmester says he is looking forward to next week’s US Open after confirming his spot via qualifying. World number 171 Burmester, whose only European Tour win came at the 2017 Tshwane Open, finished top of the pile in sectional qualifying at Walton Heath on -16, making 18 birdies and just two bogeys over the 36-hole event.
The performance saw the South African confirm his place in the field next week at Pebble Beach and he will be making just his second major appearance, having finished tied-56th at last year’s US Open. “It was just one of those days when you roll out of bed and the putts start going in,” Burmester was quoted as saying by Golf365.
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“The US Open at Pebble Beach is up there with playing an Open at St Andrews because of the history, I’m excited to go out there and give it my best for four days.” Sam Horsfield, Lee Slattery, Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters, Renato Paratore, Nacho Elvira, Andrea Pavan, Romain Wattel and Bernd Wiesberger all qualified for the third major of the season.
However, it was not good news for Englishman Lee Westwood as he failed to qualify for the second straight year, while his compatriot Andrew Johnston also failed to make the cut. Over in the qualifying event in Colombus, Padraig Harrington and compatriot Seamus Power both missed out on one of the four available places in Canada.