Fowler misses by 1 stroke in Columbus qualifier, won by Chez Reavie and Erik van Rooyen, to end run of 10 Opens in a row
Rickie Fowler will miss the U.S. Open for the first time in more than a decade after he failed to advance from final qualifying early Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.
Fowler followed a first-round 1-over 73 at Brookside Country Club with a bogey-free 6-under 66 at nearby Lakes Country Club. His 5-under 139 total missed the 5-for-4 playoff by one stroke.
American Chez Reavie and South African Erik van Rooyen won the qualifier with 12-under 132 scores. The Columbus qualifier, which followed the Memorial Tournament in nearby Dublin, Ohio, was delayed 3 hours and 15 minutes Monday by rain, forcing the completion of the 36-hole event on Tuesday. Because of the strength of its field, which was loaded with PGA Tour players, the Columbus qualifier offered 16 spots. All told, 54 players from nine U.S. sites advanced. (For results, click here.)
The 121st U.S. Open will be played June 17-20 at Torrey Pines’ South Course in San Diego.
Fowler, 32, a native of Southern California, made his U.S. Open debut in 2008 as a 19-year-old amateur at Torrey Pines, finishing T-60 before Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate on the 19th hole of a playoff Monday. Fowler had played in every U.S. Open dating to 2011.
Fowler, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, has not won a major championship, though he owns 12 top-10 results, including finishes of fifth or better in all four majors in 2014. He had slipped out of the top 100 in the Official World Ranking earlier this year but had entered the Open qualifier after a T-8 at the PGA Championship and a T-11 at Memorial.
With his failure to land a U.S. Open spot, Fowler will sit out a second major championship this season after he did not qualify for the Masters.
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