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Jason Day, Lukas Michel among 9 Australian golfers at 2020 US Open in Mamaroneck, New York

Winged Foot Golf Club (©Juan Gomez)

Winged Foot Golf Club (©Juan Gomez)

Jason Day, 32, and Lukas Michel, 25, are among the nine of the players are from Australia participating in the 2020 United States Open Championship. The others are Adam Scott, Cameron Smith, Curtis Luck, Lucas Herbert, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones and Scott Hend.

Day was born in Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia on November 12, 1987 to Irish Australian father Alvin Day and Filipino mother Dening Day. Jason received the Australian Junior Order of Merit twice as an amateur and turned professional in July 2006.

Jason won the 2015 Farmers Insurance Open, the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson and the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open. On October 21, 2019, he won the MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins beating runners-up Rory McIlroy, 31, of Northern Ireland and Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, 44, of the U.S.

 

Michel earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia in 2017. On September 19, 2019, he won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado, USA.

The victory made Michel the the first international golfer to win the tournament. It also earned him an exemption into the 2020 U.S. Open, which will take place at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, USA from September 17–20, 2020.

 

The last time the U.S. Open was held at the Winged Foot Golf Club was in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy, 43, of Australia won with a score of 5 over par. He was the second Australian golfer to win the tournament following David Graham, 74, who won in 1981.

Due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 144-player field consists entirely of exempt players in the 120th edition of the annual open national championship of golf in the U.S. Including Australia and the U.S., 27 countries from six continents are represented.

Professional golfers Daniel Chopra, 46, of Sweden and Anthony Kang, 47, of South Korea will co-host the golf tournament with former professional cricketer Jason de la Peña, 47, of England live on FOX Sports 2 from September 18-21, 2020. De la Peña told Conan Daily on September 15, 2020, “We’ve got another huge event on TV and I think that it’s gonna be thrilling.”

When asked about their 2020 U.S. Open predictions, de la Peña mentioned Jon Rahm, 25, of Spain as well as Dustin “DJ” Johnson, 36, and Harris English, 31, both from the U.S. Kang agreed and added Phil “Lefty” Mickelson, 50, of the U.S. while Chopra added Bryson DeChambeau, 27, of the U.S., Im Sung Jae, 22, of South Korea, Xander Schauffele, 26, of the U.S. and Abraham Ancer, 25, of Mexico.

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