2005: Hanson, Lomas earn trip to Pinehurst

Tadworth, England

Peter Hanson and Jonathan Lomas each shot 10-under 134 for 36 holes June 6 to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open along with seven others.

Hanson shot 66 on the New Course at Walton Heath in the morning, then carded 68 on the Old Course in the afternoon. Lomas shot 68 in the morning and 66 later in the day.

The two will be joined by Simon Dyson, Soren Kjeldsen, Michael Campbell, Peter Hedblom, Robert Karlsson, Nick Dougherty and Jose-Filipe Lima at Pinehurst, N.C. (For complete results of U.S. Open sectional qualifying, visit www.golfweek.com.)

This was the first year the U.S. Golf Association held Open sectional qualifying overseas. Australian Steven Conran, Korea’s Yong Eun Yang and Japan’s Keiichiro Fukabori qualifed May 30 at a sectional qualifier in Japan.

The alternates from Walton Heath are Martin Maritz, Marcus Fraser, Peter Fowler and Steve Webster. More than 50 players competed for the nine spots.

Hanson reaped the benefits of practice rounds on both courses last week.

“I took last week off and played the courses Saturday and Sunday,” said Hanson, who notched his first PGA European Tour victory at the Spanish Open in April.

The Swede eagled the 570-yard 13th with a 3-iron to 9 feet and birdied the last two holes in the morning.

“I’ve never played competitively in America, and I decided to come early and give it my very best shot and I’m glad I did,” Hanson said.

Lomas, an Englishman with one European Tour victory, also will be playing in his first U.S. Open.

“I think the course will suit me, with narrow, hard fairways,” Lomas said of Pinehurst No. 2.

Hedblom, who shot 65 on the second 18 for the day’s best round, had a spectacular finish.

After 14 holes of his second round, he was at 2 under. Then he holed a 7-iron from 160 yards at the 413-yard 15th for an eagle and birdied the last three.

– Staff and wire reports

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