Garcia And Ancer Among LIV Golfers And Big Names In US Open Qualifier

The LIV Golf players are teeing it up in a 36-hole qualifier at Dallas Athletic Club in Texas

Sergio Garcia takes a tee shot at LIV Golf Adelaide
Sergio Garcia is hoping to reach his 25th consecutive US Open
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No sooner has the second Major of the year, the PGA Championship, concluded, that attention is beginning to turn to the third, the US Open at Pinehurst No.2, with final qualifying taking place across three venues on Monday.

Some big names, including LIV golfers Sergio Garcia and Abraham Ancer, are also hoping to earn a spot at next month’s event via that route.

Fireballs GC captain Garcia will be hoping for a repeat of 2023, where he came through final qualifying to reach the US Open for the 24th consecutive year after shooting nine under over 36 holes.

For Ancer, who is also a Fireballs GC player, qualifying wasn’t as big an issue back then as he was still comfortably inside the world’s top 60 needed to earn a spot three weeks before the tournament began, and finished T54. 

Because LIV Golf isn’t able to offer world ranking points, both Garcia and Ancer have dropped significantly in the rankings since then, with Garcia now 731st and Ancer in 273rd, leaving final qualifying as their most realistic route to the tournament.

The pair are playing at Dallas Athletic Club in Texas, where they are hoping to be among 11 qualifiers at the end of what promises to be a gruelling day.

Abraham Ancer takes a shot at LIV Golf Singapore

Abraham Ancer is hoping for his fifth US Open start

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The duo are far from the only big names taking part in final qualifying. Another Fireballs GC player, Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra, is also playing in Dallas, along with fellow LIV golfers Danny Lee, Kevin Na and Caleb Surrat.

Four-time PGA Tour winner Aaron Baddeley, Full Swing star Joel Dahmen and Ryan Moore, who has five PGA Tour wins, play too.

Japan also hosted a qualifier earlier in the day, where another LIV golfer, Scott Vincent, was hoping to claim one of three spots, but fell short. The venue for last year’s AIG Women’s Open, Walton Heath in England, hosted the other qualifier, with Robert Rock and Matteo Manassero among nine to qualify. 

The last batch of final qualifying takes place across 10 venues in the US and Canada on 3 June ahead of the tournament, which begins on 13 June.

Mike Hall
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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