Scott majors run intact ... but only just
ADAM Scott's major championship streak is alive and rising star Lucas Herbert is also off to the US Open after both survived 36-hole qualifying events to secure their spot at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
Herbert, from Bendigo, will skip playing for $260,000 on the Canadian tour this week and focus his energies on fighting for a share of the $15 million US Open prizepool next week in his major championship debut after winning his qualifying event in Portland, Oregon.
While 23-year-old Herbert gets his first major start, former world No.1 Scott will make a 68th consecutive appearance in a major, but only just, after finishing equal tenth at his qualifying event at Brookside Country Club in Ohio.
The 2013 Masters champ, who has slipped to 64 in the world rankings, was forced in to qualifying for the first time and made par on his final hole to snare one of the 14 spots on offer.
Fellow Aussie Aaron Baddeley finished on the same score as Scott to also grab a 10th US Open start.
The performance of Herbert, who played in Vancouver on Sunday in a Canadian Tour event then flew to Portland for Open qualifying, was possibly more impressive.
Herbert, who has already secured a start in The Open at Carnoustie in July, powered away at the Portland Golf club and finished three shots clear of the field to win his way to Shinnecock.
He has climbed nearly 200 spots on the world rankings in 2018 to 152 despite not having full playing status anywhere, and held off some late nerves to secure his second major start for the year.
"To be honest I just got it in the hole really well, I didn't feel I played that special." Herbert said.
"I was nervous, well excited, and I guess those two are pretty close, but I was three shots inside the number with 11 holes to play, I knew what I had to do, hit good shots to safe spots.
"But my confidence at the moment is good."
By qualifying Scott, Baddeley and Herbert take the Australian contingent at this week's US Open to nine, including West Australian Jason Scrivener who also qualified to make his major championship debut.
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York
Aussies in the field