Adam Scott makes U.S. Open field

After losing his PGA Tour card, Wilkinson's world ranking slipped from 495 to 754 this year as he battled away on the secondary Tour in the US.

Only the top 60 players in the world are awarded a place in the US Open, and Scott's five-year exemption into all the majors that came with winning the 2013 Masters expired after last year's US Open at Erin Hills.

There were some big storylines on Monday, including a player extending his major championship start streak that dates back to 2001. Only Sergio Garcia, who will play in his 76th in a row at the U.S. Open, has a longer run, his dating to the 2009 Open.

It will be the fifth U.S. Open played at Shinnecock Hills, and the fourth since 1986.

Shane Lowry of Ireland, who has yet to finish better than a tie for 14th all year, found his game on a lovely day in central OH with rounds of 68-67 to share medalist honors with Sungjae Im of South Korea, who leads the Tour money list. Keegan Bradley, who won the 2011 PGA Championship, also advanced, as did India's Shubhankar Sharma, who has won twice on the European Tour.

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After playing two Open Championships and one PGA Championship, this will be his first US Open as he looks to join fellow Kiwi and 2005 US Open champion, Michael Campbell in the history books. As is always the case, plenty of good stories arose from the 36-hole slog.

Scott wasn't sure he was going to play the qualifier. Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland missed a playoff for the final spot by a stroke.

Then in sectional qualifying at Woodmont Country Club in Maryland, Wilkinson's disappointing year took a turn for the better when he shot 68 and 70 to finish second, two shots behind Colombia's Sebastian Munoz to snare one of four spots on offer there.

One player who is more familiar with another sport also qualified. The medalist was Sam Burns, the victor of the inaugural Savannah Golf Championship on the Tour earlier this year.

The Kiwi contingent in next week's Open at Shinnecock Hills in NY went from zero to two on Tuesday (NZT) as the duo emerged via qualifying on different sides of the Atlantic.

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