Beef Johnston earned a spot in the U.S. Open thanks to an appropriately brilliant qualifying performance at Walton Heath.
If you haven’t been keeping tabs, the 118 local qualifiers for more than 9,000 2017 U.S. Open hopefuls have wrapped. Now, those fortunate enough to make it through the 36-hole grind at a local level get to do the same thing in sectionals.
The initial two qualifiers were held Monday, and the great Andrew “Beef” Johnston was among those looking to earn a spot at Erin Hills. Beef ended up grabbing one of the 15 qualifying spots, but more than that, the way he did it was damn impressive.
Beef carded three eagles. And even more impressive than that, he eagled a par 5, a par 4, and a par 3 (otherwise known as a hole-in-one) as his magical journey continues.
And fortunately, an intrepid, phone-wielding fan shot this video of Beef’s ace.
— Sarah Denyer (@SarahDenyer) May 29, 2017
Johnston fired rounds of 68-66 to finish ninth, well inside the 15-man cutoff. The Englishman did the same drill last year, qualifying the the U.S. Open at Oakmont where he finished tied for 54th.
You’ll recognize a few of the names on the list of qualifiers from Walton Heath.
Aaron Rai, (-14) 66-64=130
Haotong Li, (-13) 67-64=131
Alexander Levy, (-12) 63-69=132
Richie Ramsay, (-12) 66-66=132
Oliver Bekker, (-11) 67-67=133
Joel Stalter, (-11) 68-65=133
Bradley Dredge, (-11) 62-71=133
Eddie Pepperell, (-11) 67-66=133
Brandon Stone, (-10) 68-66=134
George Coetzee, (-10) 64-70=134
Andrew Johnston, (-10) 68-66=134
Paul Dunne, (-9) 67-68=135
Matt Wallace, (-9) 67-68=135
Thomas Aiken, (-9) 68-67=135
Wade Ormsby, (-9) 66-69=135
Ten additional qualifiers will be played in the United States on June 5th. And of course, all players inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking on June 12 earn a spot in the field at Erin Hills.
The other qualifier was held in Ono, Japan, where four spots were up for grabs. Those advancing thanks to their work at Ono Golf Club: Satoshi Kodaira, (-11) 64-69=133, Yusaku Miyazato, (-7) 66-71=137. Chan Kim, (-7) 69-68=137. Shugo Imahira, (-7) 68-69=137.