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Shane Lowry qualifies for US Open

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Irishman Shane Lowry has secured a spot for the US Open after qualifying at Walton Heath on Monday.

Lowry had to put the disappointment of finishing one shot adrift of winner Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday behind him as he attempted to book his place at next month's event at Pinehurst.

But the 27-year old made sure he would be there by claiming one of the 14 places up for grabs at Walton Heath.

He posted a 69 on the New Course in the morning before carding a 67 on the Old Course in the afternoon leaving him on eight-under par for the 36 hole event.

It was the best score of the day with the course being subject to difficult conditions throughout.

It completed an eventful 48 hours for Lowry who has climbed a massive 68 place in the world rankings to 74th over the past few days.

Lowry was pleased with his performance on the day and believed he made a few important putts to save par throughout the day.

"I played okay and putted really, really well holing a lot of six to eight footers for par," the two-time winner on the European Tour said afterwards.

He also admitted that although he was slightly upset not the win the event at Wentworth on Sunday, he was pleased he managed to continue his good form.

"But after finishing so close to victory yesterday I just carried a lot of momentum from Wentworth into today to get the job done.

"And while I was a little disappointed not to win the BMW PGA at least now I've done it the hard way so that I can join Rory at Pinehurst."

Lowry's previous appearance at the US Open came in 2011 but missed the cut as McIlroy went on to win his first Major by eight shots.

Lowry finished one shot clear of England's Simon Griffiths, Sweden's Niclas Fasth and South Africa's Garth Mulroy.

Those who also secured their US Open place were England's Graeme Storm, German duo Marcel Siem and Max Kieffer, Scot Chris Doak and American Brooks Koepka who ended up on five-under par over the 36 holes,

A play-off was required to determine the final four players to confirm their place at Pinehurst with a group of six a shot further back. Oliver Fisher from England, Italy's Andrea Pavan and Dane Lucas Bjerregaard all birdied the first extra hole meaning they had qualified. England's Tom Lewis soon joined them after a stunning 30-foot putt.

It meant that Morten Madsen and Danny Willett were the unlucky duo to miss out of a place for the US Open. 

Another player who won't be competing in the tournament is three-time major winner Padraig Harrington. He will miss his first US Open for 15 years after failing to qualify at Walton Heath.

Harrington, whose best US Open finish is fourth in 2012, shot rounds of 75 and 71 leaving him six shots short of qualification.

"The damage was done in the morning with that 75," he said. "I just made a few mistakes in not knowing the golf course and I was never comfortable with the pace of the greens, as there were a number of three-putts thrown in there."

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