US Open: Sullivan was 'sweating' on his place at Chambers Bay

Nuneaton's Andy Sullivan admits that he had to 'sweat' on earning a place at the US Open at Chambers Bay, his first major championship appearance.

Having already qualified for next month's 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, Sullivan flew to the United States last Sunday evening still unsure as to whether he would be in the world's Top 60 and thereby automatically earn a place alongside the world's best on the West Coast in Washington State.

"Flying over here not knowing whether you're in or not was a bit traumatic," Sullivan told BBC Sport. "At Wentworth, I was 61st and finished in the Top 20 and thought I'd done enough, but still came up short. Then I was sixth in Ireland and 13th at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio which took me up to 56th.

"But I came over here still sweating a bit, so to get the call on Sunday night to say that I was playing in my first major was a massive relief."

Sullivan, who has dropped to 58 in the world rankings, tees off at 15:44 BST, paired in the fifth group of the day off the 10th, with fellow European Tour regular Bernd Wiesberger and American Morgan Hoffmann.