Canadian course added as qualifying venue for US Open

The US Golf Association says the RattleSnake Point in Canada will host a qualifier, making it the 3rd venue outside the US. (Reuters pic)

FAR HILLS: The US Open will continue spreading its international wings with a Canadian course added to this year’s sectional qualifying venues, the US Golf Association (USGA) announced on Monday.

RattleSnake Point near Toronto will host a qualifier on June 3, making it the third venue outside the US at which players have a chance to earn a ticket into the US Open.

Walton Heath in Surrey, England (June 3) and Kuwana Country Club outside Nagoya, Japan (May 27) will also host sectional qualifiers.

The three international courses join nine American sectional qualifying venues where players will have a chance to earn their way into the US Open, to be played for the sixth time at storied Pebble Beach, from June 13-16.

To be eligible for qualifying, a player must either be a professional or have a handicap not exceeding 1.4. Entries close on April 24.

Most tour professionals are exempt from local qualifying.