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North West duo qualify for US Open

By Richard Williamson

TWO North West professionals are looking forward to teeing up at the US Open after coming through the tough qualifying contest at Walton Heath.

A field of 110 players battled it out over 36 holes to make the line-up for the season’s third major, at Pebble Beach Golf Links from June 13-16.

Players like Lee Westwood, Andrew Johnston, Andy Sullivan, Tom Lewis and Belgian Knockout winner Guido Migliozzi were among the big names to miss out.

But Sam Horsfield and Lee Slattery emerged with a place at one of the sport’s most famous venues.

Horsfield got in at 12 under, after rounds of 67-65, in second spot behind eliminator winner Dean Burmester while Slattery was safely inside the 14-strong qualifying group at nine under.

Southport golfer Slattery last played a US Open in 2016, finishing in a share of 57th, but missed the cut in 2012.

And he admitted the qualifying result was a boost after an up and down start to the year which has seen him miss his last three tournament cuts.

“I felt really fresh when I got here,” said the 40-year-old who is attached to Formby Hall. “I remember coming here on the back of a good result in Italy – I was so tired.

“I don’t feel like I’ve been playing that bad recently. But when your confidence is a little bit low and you’re missing cuts by one stroke it does get frustrating.”

Slattery later tweeted: “Couldn’t be happier to qualify for the US Open today. Thanks for all your kind messages.”

Manchester-born Horsfield, 22, will be making his third appearance in the US Open having missed the cut in both his previous efforts in 2015 and 2016.