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Immediately after the conclusion of the BMW PGA championship at Wentworth, 105 players descended on Walton Heath GC the very next day to try and secure a spot in next month's field for the US Open.

Played over 36 holes in one day, 18 on the New Course at Walton Heath and 18 on the Old Course, 14 spots for the US Open at Pinehurst were up for grabs with a further two players as alternates.

After the 36 holes play on Monday, we now know the names of the 14 men who will be playing at Pinehurst in June.

Upon completion of the two rounds, Irishman Shane Lowry found himself atop the leaderboard at eight under par. Coming off a magnificent runner up performance the day before at Wentworth, Lowry managed to continue his fine form on his way to comfortably earning his spot with two sub-70 rounds.

Three players were one shot back of Lowry at seven under, with Garth Mulroy, Simon Griffiths and Niclas Fasth all totaling that score on their way to securing their trip to America.

As things got tighter further down the leaderboard, Chris Doak, Shiv Kapur and Max Kieffer were joined by Marcel Siem, Graeme Storm and American Brooks Koepka at the five under par mark, leaving just four more spots available.

Six players were tied on four under which ended the day in 11th place, meaning that, like almost every year, there would need to be a playoff to decide who gets in and who gets an alternate spot. 

Oliver Fisher, Lucas Bjerregaard and Andrea Pavan all made birdie on the first playoff hole, leaving Tom Lewis, Danny Willett and Morten Orum Madsen to fight over the last remaining spot. Lewis, the Englishman famous for leading The Open after one round as an amateur, eventually prevailed to take the final berth, leaving Madsen and Willett with alternate spots.

Notable names to miss out included young Italian Matteo Manassero, Englishman Ross Fisher who nearly won the US Open in 2009 and three time Major Champion Padraig Harrington.

With 14 more spots taken at Pinehurst for next months US Open, it just remains to be seen how well these qualifiers will fare when they face the "toughest test in golf". 

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