Victorian David Bransdon will join Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and Jason Day as confirmed Australian starters in the 118th U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club from 14-17 June.

Bransdon booked his ticket in the second Major of the year by finishing second in the cutthroat Sectional Qualifying in Japan where he currently plies his trade on the Japan Golf Tour.

A blistering opening round of 8-under 63 at Japan Memorial Golf Club was the perfect start to the 36-hole qualifying event. Bransdon shot 1-over 73 in the second round but the hard work was done in the first and he finished at 7-under the card to claim second and one of the three positions in the U.S Open on offer.

Fellow Victorian Brett Coletta has jumped the first hurdle on his journey to the U.S. Open by qualifying on top in Local Qualifying at Sewailo Golf Club; Steve Allan will also advance after qualifying at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.

The pair now contest the grueling Sectional Qualifying which begins on 4 June and is held at 11 venues across the United States with final fields to be confirmed. Walton Heath Golf Club in England will also host a Sectional Qualifying event.