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Last Updated: Monday, 6 June, 2005, 18:49 GMT 19:49 UK
England trio earn US Open debuts
Nick Dougherty
The US Open will be Dougherty's first taste of a major
England's Jonathan Lomas, Simon Dyson and Nick Dougherty will all make their US Open debuts next week after coming through qualifying at Walton Heath.

The trio were among nine who made it into the field for Pinehurst after Monday's 36-hole tournament.

Lomas topped the final leaderboard with Swede Peter Hanson on 10-under-par.

Swedes Peter Hedblom and Robert Karlsson, New Zealander Michael Campbell, Portugal's Jose-Filipe Lima and Dane Soren Kjeldsen also made it.

In total only 53 players took part, following a number of late withdrawals - which included Scotland's Sandy Lyle.

It feels awesome - other people must have something very important on if they didn't want to be here
Nick Dougherty

Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam chose not to enter the event, while Colin Montgomerie secured a late place in the world top-50 to qualify outright.

Meanwhile, Dyson - who came third on seven-under - vowed to make the most of his first experience of playing in the States.

"I'm going to go early and soak it up," the 27-year-old Yorkshireman said.

"I went into the day with the attitude that if I didn't do it it was no big deal. But doing it is fantastic!"

Dougherty, who finished joint-fifth on five-under with Hedblom, Karlsson, Campbell and Lima, said: "It feels awesome - other people must have something very important on if they didn't want to be here."

"(After a first-round 73) I was in a position where I didn't look like making it, but I'm so glad I came and practised on the courses and I played a great second round (66)."

Kjeldsen - the player who originally asked the European Tour to look into Colin Montgomerie's controversial ball-replacing incident in Indonesia in April - was fourth on six-under.

Among those who did not survive were Paul Lawrie, whose 1999 Open remains the last victory by a European in a major, and Italian Open champion Steve Webster.

Webster could have been involved in a play-off for reserve spot but opted out.


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