Sergio Garcia Books US Open Spot After Coming Through 36-Hole Qualifier

The 2017 Masters champion qualified for his 24th consecutive US Open after shooting nine-under-par in qualifying

Sergio Garcia holds his finish after hitting a drive
Garcia took one of the eight spots in the Dallas qualifier for next month's US Open at Los Angeles Country Club
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After failing to qualify for his first Major in 24 years, Sergio Garcia has made sure that won't be happening twice in a row after making it through to next month's US Open.

The Spaniard had to do it the hard way, making it through from a stacked field at Bent Tree Country Club and Northwood Club to the north of Dallas city center.

Garcia opened up with a 66 at Bent Tree before another 66 in the afternoon at Northwood to take one of the eight spots on offer for LA Country Club. His score of nine-under-par got him through in T4th, with a birdie on the last ensuring he avoided a playoff.

He stuck a wedge to 3ft on the 18th and duly converted for a fist pump in front of fairly large galleries.

Garcia's fellow LIV Golf player and former Ryder Cup teammate Graeme McDowell was also in the field but he missed out on the playoff by a single stroke.

G-Mac shot seven-under-par, with eight-under making it into a five-way playoff. The 2010 US Open champion, who is reportedly going to attempt Open Championship qualifying too, agonisingly played his last 11 holes in three-over-par.

PGA Tour rookie Carson Young blitzed the field at 16-under-par, winning by five strokes to make his first US Open. He birdied his last six holes at Bent Tree in the morning to shoot 63 before a course record 62 in the afternoon at Northwood.

Young has been in the top 20 in three of his last four PGA Tour starts, and had his best ever finish of T3rd at the Puerto Rico Open in March.

Garcia, captain of Fireballs GC in the LIV Golf League, failed to automatically qualify for the US Open after his move to the Saudi-backed circuit has seen his world ranking plummet.

The top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking make the field, but the Spaniard is now down at 206th in the world, meaning the only Major he automatically qualifies for is The Masters.

He tees it up this week at Trump National DC in the seventh event of the 2023 LIV Golf League. He had his best ever LIV finish in Singapore last month, where he came second after losing to Talor Gooch in a playoff.

View the leaderboard from the Dallas US Open qualifier

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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