Monty, Vijay miss out, Sergio in
Colin Montgomerie saw his hopes of competing at a 22nd straight Open dashed when he finished last in the Sunningdale qualifier.
Colin Montgomerie saw his hopes of competing at a 22nd straight Open go up in smoke when he finished last in the 36-hole qualifying at Sunningdale on Monday.
In America, meanwhile, Sergio Garcia has made it into his 47th consecutive major, in this instance, next week’s US Open – But only just.
The multi-titled but majorless Monty shot rounds of 71 and 74 that left him six-over-par for the 36-hole event and all of 18 shots behind the winner of the qualifier, Graeme Storm.
Only a top-five finish at the Italian or Scottish Opens will now salvage a place at Sandwich for Europe’s winning 2010 Ryder Cup captain.
He said: “It’s disappointing, so I’ll go to Italy and try again. I will be trying everything – as always.”
Paul McGinley and Nick Dougherty were the other high-profile casualties in qualifying as Storm carded a second-round 62 to seal his place.
Wales Open winner Alex Noren and 2002 Open runner-up Thomas Levet also booked their spots along with Gary Boyd, Peter Whiteford, Alejandro Canizares, Kenneth Ferrie, Gregory Bourdy, Richard McEvoy and George Coetzee.
On the other side of the Atlantic in Memphis, Garcia, who only last month said he would not try to qualify, squeezed into the US Open by surviving a seven-man playoff for four spots in one of Monday’s 11, nationwide, 36-hole qualifiers.
But along with Monty, multi major winner Vijay Singh’s remarkable streak is also likely to end.
Singh didn’t even bother showing up for the 36-hole qualifier in Columbus, just one day after closing with a 65 at the Memorial.
He has not missed a major since the 1994 US Open, a stretch of 67 majors in a row which had been the longest current streak in golf.
Arnold Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders, earned his first trip to the US Open at another of the 11 qualifiers.
Three former US Open champions – Lee Janzen, Tom Kite and Steve Jones – all failed to qualify bthis time, as did former Open champions David Duval, Justin Leonard and Ben Curtis.
Englishman Matt Richardson, Sweden’s Fredrick Jacobson, South Korean Seung-Yul Noh and Australians John Senden, Nick O’Hern, Marc Leishman and Greg Chalmers all managed to secures places in the field.
The US Open starts on June 16 at Congressional.
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