Merion Golf Club, June 13-16, Ardmore, Penn.

Matsuyama Earns Spot in U.S. Open

Thursday, May 30, 2013  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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Matsuyama Earns Spot in U.S. Open

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Amateur golfer Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, qualified for a spot in the U.S. Open with rounds of 67 and 65 at a qualifying tournament in Japan.

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Hideki Matsuyama had rounds of 67 and 65 on Monday to earn one of five spots in a U.S. Open qualifier in Japan.

Matsuyama was a two-time winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur and twice made the cut at the Masters as a teenager. This will be his first U.S. Open, which is to be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia.

The other four qualifiers were Jung-Gon Hwang of South Korea, Yui Ueda, Yoshinobu Tsukada and Hiroyuki Fujita. Tsukada and Fujita earned the last two spots in a playoff on the West Course at Ohtone Country Club.

Matsuyama was No. 1 in the world amateur ranking when he turned pro in April. He already has two wins on the Japan Golf Tour, one as an amateur.

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