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

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

Fowler had 5 holes to play Tuesday morning in 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 few full flip short earlier than peeling away to the correct.

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 biggest of 9 U.S. Open qualifiers throughout the nation due to so many PGA Tour gamers in the sector.

A pair of Walker Cup gamers from Texas, Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody, have 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, although that participant was just about sure to not get into the U.S. Open.

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

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, nicely past the highest 60 in the world who have 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 yr following the Masters after having performed in each one beginning with the British Open at St. Andrews in 2010.

“I’m obviously disappointed. I should have made it outright fairly easily,” Fowler stated. “Not playing that well (at Brookside) and to be close to a spot is a bummer. But I love where my game is at and where’s going. Looking at the big picture, there’s a lot of good things ahead.”

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 superb take a look at eagle, which he missed.

He additionally missed from 15 ft for birdie on the seventeenth, all these putts snapping off arduous 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 short.

“Another roll and it probably would have gone in,” he stated.

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


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