US Open: England's world number 166 Aaron Rai qualifies for first major

Aaron Rai
Aaron Rai has never qualified for a major but won two of his last five starts on the Challenge Tour

England's world number 166 Aaron Rai secured a place at the US Open by winning the international sectional qualifier in Walton Heath.

The 22-year-old finished on 14 under par after five birdies and an eagle in his final nine holes helped him card a second-round 64 at the 36-hole event.

Rai, who will play in his first major, beat Li Haotong of China by one shot.

"It's a dream come true to play in any major, and with it being the US Open it makes it extra special," he said.

Scotland's Richie Ramsay, Welshman Bradley Dredge, Ireland's Paul Dunne and English trio Andrew Johnston, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace also qualified.

Wallace, who recently won the Open de Portugal on only his third European Tour start, said: "My first major, I'm so happy.

"I just can't believe it. Six months ago I was on the Alps Tour, which is crazy. I've just had the best six or seven months of my life."

This year's US Open takes place between 15-18 June in Erin Hills, Wisconsin.

Qualifiers: Aaron Rai (Eng) -14; Haotong Li (Chi) -13; Alexander Levy (Fra) -12; Richie Ramsey (Sco) -12; Oliver Bekker (SA) -11; Joel Stalter (Fra) -11; Bradley Dredge (Wal) -11; Eddie Pepperell (Eng) -11; Brandon Stone (SA) -10; George Coetzee (S Africa) -10; Andrew Johnston (Eng) -10; Paul Dunne (ROI) -9; Matt Wallace (Eng) -9; Thomas Aiken (SA) -9; Wade Ormsby (Aus) -9.

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