Scott’s streak intact with U.S. Open exemption

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Adam Scott‘s streak in major championships is intact after the United States Golf Association awarded him an exemption Monday to compete in this week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Scott, who is ranked No. 61 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was one of six golfers added to the field on Monday. The top 60 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking make the U.S. Open field.

Scott became exempt after the USGA removed the late Grayson Murray (No. 59) from the list for qualifying purposes. Murray died by suicide on May 25.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, will play in his 23rd consecutive U.S. Open and 92nd straight major championship, which is the second-longest streak in men’s professional golf history. Jack Nicklaus played in 146 consecutive majors from 1962 to 1998.

Scott has qualified for next month’s Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Course in Scotland and has a lifetime exemption to the Masters as a past champion, so his streak could reach at least 94 straight.

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, who moved to No. 41 in the world after claiming his first PGA Tour victory at the RBC Canadian Open on June 2, also qualified for the U.S. Open field.

LIV Golf League captain Sergio Garcia was one of four alternates from final qualifying added to the field. Amateur Brendan Valdes, an All-American at Auburn this past season, Otto Black and Maxwell Moldovan are the others.

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