Matt Jones qualifies for US Open after surviving incredible 11-way playoff

Out of trouble: Cronulla's Matt Jones will play the US Open in New York, starting on Thursday. Picture: AAP
Out of trouble: Cronulla's Matt Jones will play the US Open in New York, starting on Thursday. Picture: AAP

Matt Jones survived an incredible 11-way playoff to qualify for the US Open.

Jones will tee it up at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York after making birdie at the first playoff hole at the Colonial Golf Club in Tennessee as part of a dramatic day of Open sectional qualifying events.

The 2015 Australian Open champion advanced to the US Open, which starts on Thursday, alongside recent PGA Tour winner Aaron Wise and Eric Axley after a gruelling 36 holes on what is known as the longest day in golf.

Jones will also play in the third major of 2018, The Open Championship at Carnoustie in Scotland next month, after finishing in a tie for second at last year’s Australian Open at Royal Sydney in November.

Teeing it up: Cronulla's Matt Jones will play the US Open. Picture: AAP

Teeing it up: Cronulla's Matt Jones will play the US Open. Picture: AAP

The 38-year-old from Oyster Bay will be one of nine Australians to play this year’s US Open alongside Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, Lucas Herbert, Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Jason Scrivener and David Bransdon. 

Scott, the 2013 US Masters champion, continued his incredible run of playing in consecutive majors after carding 66-72 at Springfield Golf Club in Ohio to slide into the field on the cutline along with Baddeley (69-69). 

Scott’s streak of 17 years and 67 major championship starts will be extended with only Sergio Garcia at 72 playing more on the trot.

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