Casey, Olazabal headline U.S. Open qualifiers

Surrey, England (Sports Network) - Paul Casey and Jose Maria Olazabal were among 12 qualifiers that earned a spot in the field for this year's U.S. Open on Monday.

The duo, along with the other 10 qualifiers, did so at Walton Heath.

Simon Khan, who lost in a playoff on Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship, posted a 36-hole total of 7-under-par 137 to earn the top spot at the qualifier.

He was followed by Casey and Jaco Van Zyl, Morten Orum Madsen, Peter Hedblom, Eddie Pepperell and Marcus Fraser.

There was a 6-man playoff for the final five spots. Rikard Karlberg bogeyed the fourth extra hole to cost himself a spot in the field at Merion Golf Club. He will be an alternate to the field.

John Parry, David Howell, Olazabal, Tano Goya and Chris Doak survived the playoff to earn a spot in the field for the season's second major.

Among those that failed to qualify were Colin Montgomerie, American Peter Uihlein and Edoardo Molinari, who won the U.S. Amateur at Merion.

Earlier in the day, five players qualified to play Merion at the qualifier in Japan.

Hideki Matsuyama, who is a two-time Asia-Pacific Amateur champion that turned pro earlier this year, posted 8-under 132 to lead the five qualifiers at the West Course at Ohtone Country Club.

Also earning a spot in the field at Merion were Jung-Gon Hwang, Yui Ueda, Yoshinobu Tsukada and Hiroyuki Fujita.


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