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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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Tony Finau gives courtside golf lesson to Dwyane Wade at Utah Jazz game

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If last night is anything to go by, then it looks like Tony Finau has taken up coaching golf in the off-season.

While attending the Utah Jazz opening game on Wednesday night, Finau was spotted sitting courtside with future hall-of-famer Dwyane Wade.

During the game, the two stars of their respective sports took a break from the on court action to discuss some mechanics of the golf swing. Finau was seen giving D-Wade some advice on how to grip the golf club and employ proper wrist action through impact .

I don’t expect to see Wade on the PGA Tour anytime soon, but getting golf advice from the best golfer to come out of the state of Utah certainly won’t hurt his handicap.

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Young fan pens touching letter to his favorite golfer Tommy Fleetwood

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Back in Japan, Tommy Fleetwood was reunited with his biggest fan at Narashino Country Club when he arrived to play the ZOZO Championship this week.

The popular Englishman revealed that he received a heartwarming letter from a young Japanese fan, Ryota Kato, which he shared on his Twitter page. When they first met, Fleetwood gave Ryota an autographed glove and the young man has never forgotten it.

Ryota’s presence at the ZOZO Championship this week as Fleetwood’s “wingman”, may have given him the boost he needed to get off to a strong start at Narashino Country Club. After struggling on Tour for most of last season, the 30-year old Englishman posted a 67 (-3) and stands tied for 6th after round one.

Ryota will be watching the next three rounds anxiously as his favorite professional golfer competes for the trophy. Maybe the young fan cheering him along is exactly what Tommy needs to finally get his first career PGA Tour win.

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Nelly Korda reveals her main swing thought and why she plays an ‘amateur’ driver

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Nelly Korda has had an incredibly successful 2021, winning her maiden major and then backing that up by taking Gold at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer.

Earlier this year, the 23-year-old switched to Titleist’s game improvement TSi1 driver. This week on the FAIRGAME podcast with Adam Scott, Korda revealed how a first-ever visit to the Titleist Performance Institute to get properly fitted was behind the switch.

“I actually went to TPI for the first time in my entire life this year. End of January. And I was using the old Epic driver, like a five-year-old driver, I couldn’t get fit for a driver at all. 

Then I went to TPI, and they fit me into their driver, which by the way, is an amateur driver (laughing). And they were like ‘This is the first time a pro has ever won with this driver'”

In addition to the club fitting, Korda added that a major key behind her success with the TSi1 driver is the aesthetics of the club: “I really like the look of it (TSi1 driver). I need to like the look of my clubs; if I don’t, then I can’t hit them.”

The Gold Medalist has one of the best looking swings in the sport, and stressed the importance of tempo while sharing her primary swing thought:

“My main thought in my swing, because it gets really long, is shoulder to chin. Once my shoulder hits my chin, then I start my downswing.”

The World Number One also made a surprising admission on the show, telling Scott how much she hates to hit the range. 

“I hate spending time on the range. I absolutely can’t stand it. I can spend maybe 45 minutes to an hour, but recently in the past year and a half, I’ve definitely been spending more time on my swing, especially recently.”

To listen to the interview in full, click here.

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