Jeev second alternate for US Open golf
Surrey (England): Ace Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh remains as the second alternate for the US Open to be held at the Olympic Club, San Francisco in two weeks time, and would be hoping for some dropouts to make the main draw.
Jeev narrowly missed out on a spot when he finished one shot back of the last qualifiers at Walton Heath, England. There were a total of 11 qualifiers from the event and Jeev was tied 13th.
The two-time Asian Tour number one posted rounds of 71 and 68 for a five-under-par 139 total in the International Sectional Qualifier which awarded 11 spots to this year`s second Major next month.
There were three other Indians in the field and all of them failed to qualify. Himmat Rai (74-73), Anirban Lahiri (73-77) and Shiv Kapur, who all withdrew after a first round of 74.
Other Asian Tour members who attempted to qualify for the US Open were Siddikur of Bangladesh who shot rounds of 70 and 73 and current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Jbe Kruger, who fired a 69 and 77.
Another one missing out was Daniel Chopra at Canoe Brooks in the US, where he shot 75-67 and finished tied 13. There were only three berths from the qualifiers.
Korea`s Charlie Wi qualified for the US Open after topping the sectional qualifying in Ohio. The seven-time Asian Tour winner fired rounds of 65 and 67 for a nine-under-par 132 total to win the qualifying event by three strokes.
Former Asian Tour winner Edward Loar also made it through at the same venue after a 65 and 75 for a 140 total.
Korea`s Noh Seung-yul, the 2010 Asian Tour number one, missed out on a berth despite finishing tied fourth with rounds of 68 and 69 at the Springfield Country Club which was offering only two tickets to the US Open.
This year the USGA accepted a total of 9,006 entries for the qualifiers for 2012 US Open from June 14-17. More than 8,500 of those started their journey from a 18-hole local qualifying at 109 sites across the country. Of these about 550 advanced to the 36-hole sectional portion of qualifying.
At the sectional level, they were joined by another group of golfers who were exempt from local qualifying. Sectional qualifying takes place at 11 US-based sites and two international locations, one each in Japan and England.
A total of 156 tee up at the US Open and of these about half come from the qualifiers.