Fowler comes up brief in bid for US Open as qualifying ends

Rickie Fowler must sit out one other main this 12 months

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Rickie Fowler got here up simply brief — one roll of the ball — in his final shot at avoiding sitting out one other main when he didn’t get via U.S. Open qualifying on Tuesday.

Fowler had 5 holes to play Tuesday morning within the rain-delayed qualifier at Brookside and The Lakes, and he wanted three birdies. From over the again of the 18th inexperienced, his chip was a couple of full flip brief earlier than peeling away to the suitable.

That left him one shot out of the 5-for-4 playoff for the remaining spots to the U.S. Open subsequent week at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

Chez Reavie and Erik van Rooyen of South Africa led the way in which in Ohio, the most important of 9 U.S. Open qualifiers throughout the nation due to so many PGA Tour gamers within the subject.

A pair of Walker Cup gamers from Texas, Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody, had been a part of the five-way playoff. Hammer was the odd man out, making bogey on the second further gap to be first alternate.

Fowler, who shot 66, caught round The Lakes to participate in a 12-man playoff for one spot to find out who could be the second alternate from Ohio, regardless that that participant was nearly sure to not get into the U.S. Open.

Former main champions Padraig Harrington, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner had been amongst those that joined Fowler at 5-under 139, one stroke brief.

The California qualifier additionally went to a Tuesday end.

Fowler has not missed the U.S. Open since 2010 and needed to undergo 36-hole qualifying due to his plunge down the world rating, effectively past the highest 60 on this planet who had been exempt from qualifying.

He began poorly at Brookside with a 1-over 73, leaving him in want of a low one at The Lakes. This would be the second main Fowler misses this 12 months following the Masters after having performed in each one beginning with the British Open at St. Andrews in 2010.

“I am clearly upset. I ought to have made it outright pretty simply,” Fowler mentioned. “Not taking part in that effectively (at Brookside) and to be near a spot is a bummer. However I really like the place my recreation is at and the place’s going. Trying on the huge image, there’s lots of good issues forward.”

He returned Tuesday morning and tugged a 7-iron on the par-3 14th, however then he holed a 40-foot birdie putt. Fowler hit wedge to 12 ft on No. 15 and narrowly missed the birdie. His 7-iron to fifteen ft on the par-5 sixteenth gave him a great have a look at eagle, which he missed.

He additionally missed from 15 ft for birdie on the seventeenth, all these putts snapping off onerous on the gap. On the 18th, Fowler caught a flyer lie over the inexperienced. His pitch landed softly and was headed for the cup for birdie when it got here up brief.

“One other roll and it in all probability would have gone in,” he mentioned.

He performed alongside Coody, the grandson of former Masters champion Charles Coody. He was tied with Fowler when his method to the 18th was 3 ft wanting the opening, giving him a birdie to get into the playoff.


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