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Liang Wenchong completes major set with US Open spot

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 May, 2014, 10:26pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 May, 2014, 10:26pm

Television viewing figures for next month's US Open can expect a bump after China's Liang Wenchong ensured he would make his debut at the year's second major by topping sectional qualifying in Japan.

The 35-year-old will be the first mainland Chinese to play in all four majors after posting a second round five-under-par 66 for a nine-under-par 133 - enough to win by a stroke - at the Nara International Golf Club, securing his spot at the June 12-15 tournament at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Liang was the first golfer from his country to play in the PGA Championship in 2007, the first to make the cut at a major when he got through to the weekend at the 2008 British Open and also played at the US Masters on an invitation that same year.

Meanwhile, a day after finishing second in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Ireland's Shane Lowry booked his place by heading the international sectional qualifier in England.

Lowry carded rounds of three-under-par 69 on the New Course in the morning and five-under 67 on the Old in the afternoon to lead 14 successful qualifiers from a starting field of 105 at Walton Heath, Surrey.

"It was really tough out there," said Lowry, a double winner on the European Tour.

"I carried a lot of momentum in from yesterday to get the job done."

India's Shiv Kapur also grabbing a spot through European qualifying.