Ireland’s Shane Lowry, Paul McGinley have joined a host of big names in missing out on qualification for the next month’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
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Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal were among those to miss out in the Open Championship qualifier at Sunningdale on Monday, but England’s Sam Walker will finally make his debut at Royal Lytham next month after 10 previous attempts.
Montgomerie, who took two strokes too many in a qualifying event for the US Open four weeks ago, came even closer this time but was left needing to hole a bunker shot on the final hole to go into a play-off.
The shot had the length but finished six feet wide, and so the 49-year-old was able to add only a level-par 70 on the Old Course to his morning three-under 66 round the adjoining New.
Olazabal, the Scot’s successor as Ryder Cup captain, was on track to make it when he reached five under after 14 holes, but fell back to one under with rounds of 67 and 71.