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Veteran duo make US Open

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Veterans Steve Stricker and Stewart Cink will both tee it up at Erin Hills after qualifying for the US Open via Monday’s sectionals.

Neither 50-year-old Stricker nor Cink, 44, have played in the year’s second major for the past two years and will be flying the flag for the older generation in Wisonsion.

Stricker came through a two-course qualifier in Memphis carding a 65 at Germantown County Club and a 67 at Ridgeway.

‘Mr September’ has four top-10 finishes in the US Open but has yet to win it and it will be a welcome return to the tournament for the man who lives just an hour from the venue.

Cink advanced through a qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, and was joined by the likes of Keegan Bradley, Martin Laird, David Lingmerth and Jason Kokrak.

The former Open champion played a reduced schedule last year as his wife received treatment for breast cancer, but he has enjoyed more events in 2017 and is looking forward to next week’s challenge.

“To come back this year and get through successfully, it really means a lot to me,” he said. “I have a long career. I should say I am having a long career, and majors are my focus now.”

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