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Shane Lowry Books Place At US Open

Ireland’s Shane Lowry and former world number one Adam Scott booked their US Open berths in sectional qualifying on Monday.

Padraig Harrington and Paul Dunne will both miss out, while Scott will extend his streak of consecutive majors played to 68 at Shinnecock Hills next week.

“I am pumped,” Scott said after parring his final hole in 36-hole sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

His even par 72 over the last 18, for a six-under total of 138, was just enough for him to avoid a 10-man playoff for the final spot.

Australia’s Scott has played in every major since the 2001 British Open. But after slipping out of the top 60 in the world rankings he didn’t have an automatic berth in the year’s second major championship.

“It is a nice streak to keep going,” Scott said. “It’d be better if I win the US Open. I’m playing all these majors to try and win them, not just to show up.”

Lowry’s world ranking has dropped to 84th, and as a result, the Offaly native needed a strong showing on Monday to secure qualification. He did just that, following up Sunday’s 68 with a wonderful 67 to punch his ticket to Shinnecock Hills.

Fourteen places were on offer in the qualifier at Columbus, which featured a field of 120.

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