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Luke Donald earns a spot in US Open the hard way

AP

Forced back to US Open qualifying for the first 11 years, Luke Donald responded with a 68 in his second round on Monday to earn a spot at Chambers Bay next week.

On a long day of eight 36-hole qualifiers across the country, Donald chose his home course — The Bear’s Club — in the Florida qualifier and had rounds of 72-68 to avoid a playoff by one shot. The former No. 1 player in the world tied for medalist honors with Jack Maguire of Florida State and Andrew Pope.

Sam Horsfield, an 18-year-old who plans to attend Florida, won a playoff for the last spot.

Two-time champion Lee Janzen finally made it back to the US Open.

Janzen had 69-68 at Old Oaks and Century to earn the first of four spots available in New York. The other three qualifiers were Jamie Lovemark, Pat Wilson and Rich Berberian Jr.

In other sectionals:

Roberto Castro, who played in all four majors last year, made it through the Georgia qualifier at Hawks Ridge by not making a bogey in rounds of 64-68. The other qualifiers from that site were college players Matthew NeSmith and Lee McCoy.

Power rookie Tony Finau shot 66-67 to earn one of four spots in the secondary Ohio qualifier to earn one of four spots. The others were Michael Davan, Illinois freshman Nick Hardy and Stephan Jaeger.

The biggest qualifier was in Columbus, Ohio, a site filled mostly with PGA Tour players on the day after the Memorial. David Lingmerth failed to earn a spot.

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