Andrew Johnston has earned a spot in the U.S.Open for a second consecutive year.
The 28-year-old golfer, who is known by the nickname "Beef," picked up one of 15 available spots in a 36-hole qualifying event at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Walton-on-the-Hill in Surrey, England.
Born in London and one-fourth Jamaican by his own account, Johnston has enjoyed top-10 finishes in tournaments all over Europe since turning pro in 2009.His wins include the Scottish Hydro Challenge and Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in 2014, followed by the Real Club Valderramama Open de España in 2016.
Johnson tied for 54th place in last year's U.S.Open.His 68 and 66 at Walton Heath were sufficient to earn him ninth place - good enough for a spot in this year's U.S.Open.His qualifying rounds include three eagles, one of them a hole-in-one.
Aaron Rai of England won the event, scoring rounds of 66 and 64.Also achieving U.S.Open spots at Walton Heath are Haotong Li, Alex Levy, Richie Ramsay, Oliver Bekker, Joel Stalter, Bradley Dredge, Eddie Pepperell, George Coetzee and Brandon Stone.
The 117th U.S.Open will take place June 12 to 18 at the Erin Hills golf club in Erin, Wisconsin.It is only the sixth public course to host the Open.