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5 big names who failed to qualify for the 2021 U.S. Open

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The field for the 2021 U.S. Open is set, with 156 players ready to tackle the iconic Torrey Pines South next week.

Following last week’s Memorial Tournament, the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking who were not already exempt received invites, and earlier this week, players battled it out for the final places at qualifying.

Here we’ll take a look at 5 big names who you may be surprised to see won’t be teeing it up next week at Torrey Pines.

Jason Day

The 2015 PGA Champion’s 10-year streak of appearing at the U.S. Open will come to an end next week, as Day’s inconsistency and injuries over the past 24 months finally catches up with him.

Day withdrew from last week’s Memorial, citing a bad back, and decided not to enter the qualifying process. The 33-year-old will also be more disappointed than most to miss out, considering he has two wins at this year’s host venue.

The Aussie currently sits 70th in the OWGR, but it’s not all bad for Day with his wife, Ellie, expecting their fourth child.

Rickie Fowler

Many fans will be disappointed by the absence of Rickie Fowler next week in what would have been a home U.S. Open for the native Californian. The 32-year-old has hit some form in recent weeks, which gave him a shot at qualifying, but a slow start in the sectionals ultimately cost Fowler, who ended up missing the playoff by one stroke.

Next week’s U.S. Open will be the first Fowler has missed in 11 years, and just like at the Masters, he told media that he’d likely tune in to the event over at Tiger’s house.

Brandt Snedeker

The times are changing, as yet another long time fixture at U.S. Opens will be missing out this year, and in all honesty, Snedeker was never really close.

The 40-year-old has appeared at every U.S. Open since 2013, but he has now slipped to 135 in the OWGR and missed a playoff in qualifying by five strokes.

Keegan Bradley

One of the most surprising names to miss out on a spot next week is Keegan Bradley, who has not only been a regular at the event but who has also been in decent form in 2021.

The 2011 PGA Champ has four top-25 finishes in his last five starts but still languishes at 73rd in the OWGR and suffered a similar fate to Fowler at qualifying, missing the final playoff by one stroke.

Lucas Glover

Missing his first U.S. Open since 2008, the 2009 champ Lucas Glover missed out on this year’s event mainly in thanks to a mixed bag of results over the last couple of years.

Glover was another who attempted to go through qualifying to earn his spot at Torrey Pines but finished four shots out of the playoff, condemning him to an unwanted week off.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Brentm08

    Jun 16, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Just shows and emphasizes how hard it is to get into the US Open. So many at the top end of the profession of golf and not exempt.

  2. Joe

    Jun 15, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Lucas Glover’s wife is gonna drop the hammer on him

  3. Domestic Donkey

    Jun 11, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    What about the big donkey?

  4. Beegan Kradley

    Jun 11, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Wont be seeing Keegans pre shot dance move routine. Saddened.

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20-handicap player achieves feat never accomplished by PGA Tour pro

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Ask any handicap golfer their dream shot, and in most cases, it will be the elusive hole-in-one.

Some may even say recording an albatross – three under par – is their flight of fantasy.

Imagine, then, recording both in a five-hole stretch.

The Irish Examiner recently highlighted that very feat, performed by Rowan McCarthy, a 20-handicapper playing Wembley Golf Course in Perth, Australia.

A member of the Irish Perth golf society, McCarthy, who now posts as @shankmagic on Instagram, told the Irish Examiner, “On 12, the hole-in-one, it was a beautiful 7-iron, 169 metres, that drew towards the hole, hit the front of the green and leisurely rolled towards the hole and dropped in dead weight.

“Then on 15, the albatross, it was 185 metres with a 5-iron, downhill, using the bank adjacent the green, ran towards the hole, hit the flag and dropped. I might have caught that one a bit thin.”

According to the golfer himself, “Statistically, the chances of a hole in 1 are 12,000-to-1 and an albatross is 6 million-to-1. The odds of one of each in the same round…who knows? Some say it is 72 billion to one. It is a day I will never forget.”

It was certainly an eventful round with five pars, six bogeys, two doubles and three treble-bogeys accompanying the two obvious standout holes!

 

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McCarthy told the Examiner that the thought of giving up had crossed his mind, knowing he would never top what he had just achieved, but ”I love it too much”. “That thought did enter my head” he admitted, ”but the craic, the banter and the friendships I’ve made,” he admitted. “I play off 20, hit thousands of bad shots over the years, there is lots of room for improvement and this will spur me on.”

As such, he hopes the new social media address will ‘influence and give hope to the average golfer that anything is possible.’

One thing that might not is the traditional hole-in-one bar bill!

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Brandel Chamblee expertly analyses ‘Putting vs Ball Striking’ debate

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While discussing Hideki Matsuyama’s putting struggles over the weekend, Brandel Chamblee made some interesting comments regarding the importance of putting on the PGA Tour.

Often times we hear commentators claim that, “whoever makes the most putts will win”; or “putting is the most important aspect of golf”. Chamblee claims that it isn’t who putts the best, it’s who putts the best amongst the premier ball strikers.

“You can’t play this game at the highest level unless you are an extraordinary ball striker.

“It’s not about who makes the most putts, it’s about who putts the best amongst the best ball strikers.

“And when he (Hideki) has a decent week at putting he has a chance to win.”

Check out Chamblee’s commentary in full below.

Do you agree with the Golf Channel analyst, WRXers? Let us know in the comments!

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Leading analyst believes Tiger could retire at 2022 Open Championship

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In 2015, Tiger Woods made it clear just how much he loves the Old Course at St. Andrews, revealing he wants to play the course backwards in his lifetime.

”It’s brilliant–how you can play it so many different ways.” said Tiger “I’ve always wanted to play it one time–before I die I want to play it one time backwards.

”I want to play from 1 to 17, 2 to 16, so forth and so on. I’d love to be able to play it that way just one time. That would be just a blast because I can see how certain bunkers–why would they put that there? ”

There has been lots of water under the Swilken Bridge since then but at a recent press conference during the Hero Championship, hosted by Tiger, the 15-time Major winner confirmed he ”would love to be able to play that Open Championship (150th anniversary), there’s no doubt. Physically, hopefully I can,” he said.

”The tournament’s not going to go anywhere, but I need to get there.”

Indeed, Sky Sports golf coach and analyst Simon Holmes, who has worked with the likes of Sir Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros,  believes that Woods could even confirm his retirement at the ‘Home of Golf’ in 2022.

Responding to fellow presenter Rob Lee’s thinking that Woods could win a tournament in 2022 – which would make him the winningest golfer in PGA Tour history at 83 wins – Holmes believes Woods may bow out in similar fashion to legends before him, including Jack Nicklaus, the very man that stands in his way for the most Majors won, at 18.

During the final round of the Tournament of Champions on Sky, Holmes replied, “I really hope it doesn’t happen, but it’s something I think that could happen.”

“Jack and Arnie did the same thing on the Swilken Bridge when they played in their last major,” Holmes continued, ”and I could just see Tiger thinking it would be a nice way to go out.”

July 17th sees the Claret Jug being awarded for the 150th running of The Open. It may be memorable for much more besides.

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