NINE Aussies will tee it up for what is billed as “golf’s toughest test” when the US Open gets underway at The Olympic Club in San Francisco this week.
Australia hasn’t had a winner on the US PGA Tour this year and the US Open would certainly be a good place to break that duck. Don’t hold your breath or put your house on it though, but at least we can all dream.
An Australian in the form of Geoff Ogilvy did win the event in 2006 and the Victorian leads our quick 2012 US Open Form Guide.
GEOFF OGILVY heads to Australian contingent as the last Aussie to claim a US Open. He joins nine other former champions in the field at the Olympic Club, Ogilvy is looking to draw on form that helped him claim his 2006 victory. Ogilvy has had a consistent if unspectacular year on the PGA TOUR making 12 cuts and six top 25’s.
JASON DAY made his US Open debut last year where he finished second behind Rory McIlroy. Day’s 2012 season had been limited due to an ankle injury that forced him to withdraw from The Masters. Since returning from injury, Day has posted his best finishes for the season with two tied ninths at the Wells Fargo Championship and HP Byron Nelson Championship. However, he has also failed to make the cut twice in the last four tournaments. In 2011 Day proved he has what it takes to contend on the world stage.
ADAM SCOTT finished as the best placed Aussie at the US Masters this year when he tied for 8th. He hasn’t had a great record in US Opens though and since 2002 he has made the cut just four times with his best finish being a tied 21st in 2006. Scott has been playing a reduced schedule this season which seems to be paying dividends with five top 20 finishes from eight tournaments.
JOHN SENDEN has had a reasonably promising year and will be looking for a strong performance at the US Open after missing the cut at The Masters in April. He finished in a tie for 30th at the US Open last year. And will at least be hoping to better that. This year Senden has recorded three top 10 places on the Tour and is currently the highest ranked Australian in the FedEx Cup standings.
BRENDAN JONES goes quietly about his business on the Japan Golf Tour. He has amassed an impressive 11 victories on that tour with the most recent in April this year at the Token Homemate Cup. Ranked inside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings, Jones earned his way into just his second US Open thanks to sectional qualifying in Japan. A dominant force on the Japan Golf Tour, he has placed inside the top 10 in four of his first seven events.
AARON BADDELEY has the game to contend in majors and indeed led the field going into the final day of the 2007 US Open. The pressure got to him there and he finished tied for 13th. He doubt would be better at handling the situation these days and since reverting to his original swing in recent times as put in some promising performances. Baddeley has three US PGA Tour victories to his name with the most recent being the Northern Trust Open in February 2011. He missed the cut at the US Open in the last two years but has been going pretty well this year – he tied for ninth in his last start at the Memorial Tournament a few weeks back – and will be hoping to be in contention this weekend.
ROD PAMPLING had to endure “golf’s longest day” when he booked a spot in the US Open this year after claiming one of the 16 places available at the Scioto Country Club sectional qualifier. Pampling has had a mixed season on the PGA Tour making eight cuts from 14 events and placing in the top 25 just three times. Pampling’s best tournament to date was the Farmers Insurance Open in January where he finished in a tie for ninth.
ALISTAIR PRESNELL, a Nationwide Tour regular, has qualified for his first Major thanks to his playoff triumph at the Lakeside Country Club sectional qualifier. Presnell has had a hot and cold season on the Nationwide Tour having made just four cuts but finishing inside the top 20 on three occasions. He currently sits at 25 on the all important top 25 money leaders list.
ANTHONY SUMMERS has qualified for his first Major at the age of 43 after blitzing the field in the Glen Ellyn sectional qualifier. Summers headed to the tournament after a slow start to his season in which a missed cut at the European Tour and OneAsia co-sanctioned Volvo China Open almost deterred him from heading to the US. Finding form in his practice round, the New South Welshman went on to shoot an opening round 6-under 66 backing up with a 5-under 67 to win the event and ensure his place in the US Open field.