Three big names who are yet to qualify for the U.S Open at Pinehurst No.2

Three big names who are yet to qualify for the U.S Open at Pinehurst No.2

The U.S. Open at Pinehurst No.2 is now firmly in view as the world’s best look to sharpen their games for what is arguably one of the toughest tests in golf.

The notorious North Carolina track is known for its challenging greens and run-off areas, which will test all aspects of short-game skills

Xander Schauffele will be looking to land his second major on the bounce after his PGA Championship victory. Scottie Scheffler will also fancy his chances of landing his first U.S. Open title after a turbulent week in Louisville.

Typically dubbed the toughest major, it promises to be an intriguing three-day event in June.

Unfortunately, some big names have yet to qualify.

Unsurprisingly, several LIV Golf stars are anxiously waiting on USPGA exemptions, and there are also PGA Tour stars looking to play their way back into the top 60 in the world to gain access to the event at Pinehurst.

Here, The Golfing Gazette looks at three players who are yet to book their place in the year’s third major.

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Scott is at Colonial this week, hoping to book his spot by climbing back up the rankings. He can ill afford to miss the cut again. If he does, he will anxiously wait for the USPGA’s decision.

Joaquin Niemann

LIV Golf’s individual championship leader, Joaquin Niemann, is yet to find his way into the field.

Due to LIV not gaining any ranking points, the Chilean finds himself well outside the top 60 at present.

Unless he appears in one of the June 3 qualifiers, one of the game’s hottest properties won’t feature in North Carolina.

Patrick Reed

Another player who is definitely out of the U.S. Open is Patrick Reed.

The 2018 Masters winner withdrew from his qualifying event in Dallas on Monday and, according to Golf Digest, won’t be able to feature in the June 3 qualifying – typically dubbed the longest day in golf.

Reed’s absence means his run of featuring in every major since 2014 is now over.

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