Leonard and Casey reach US Open

Former Open Championship winner Justin Leonard and Paul Casey are among the latest group of players to qualify for the US Open.

The duo and 14 other players came through the sectional qualifying at the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday.

It will be the first time in four years at Leonard plays in the US Open after the 41-year-old carded a five-under-par 137 in 36 holes to finish in a three-way tie for the top spot with South Korean youngster Noh Seung-yul and Justin Thomas.

“It is nice because it’s been three or four years since I’ve been in the US Open” Leonard told reporters. “It will be fun playing in Pinehurst; it’s one of my favorites.”

Casey finished one shot behind the leading group after an even-par final round and also booked his place at Pinehurst and he will be joined by American Bo Van Pelt and Australians Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby.

Some big-name players though failed to make it through as former Masters champions Mike Weir and Trevor Immelman, and KJ Choi didn’t qualify while three-time major winner Vijay Singh withdrew from the event because of injury.