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Yesterday was US Open qualifying day at many different courses across the United States. Rod Pampling, Alistair Presnell and Anthony Summers were three Australians who managed to earn a spot in the final field for next week’s major at Olympic Field in San Francisco, along with this guy, Dennis Miller.
The 42-year-old Miller does not play on any professional tour but has attempted to qualify for the US Open on 11 previous occasions. On his 12th attempt, he has finally made the big-time courtesy of a putt on the fourth playoff hole that did everything it could to stay out of the hole.
Remarkably he didn’t even see it go in, as he was so disappointed to see it miss the hole he was looking away in disgust when the ball dropped into the hole.
As far as the Australians go, the qualification of Anthony Summers is a wonderful story.
Summers used to clean the loos at the SCG and has spent most of the week on a pull-out couch at a friend’s place before qualifying for the US Open by shooting the best score at his qualifying event outside of Chicago.
“Playing in a major is the pinnacle of our profession,” said Summers. “I’ll be smiling all week.”
We now have nine Australians in the 2012 US Open field: Jason Day, Adam Scott, Rod Pampling, John Senden, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, Anthony Summers, Alistair Presnell and Brendan Jones.
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