Sergio Garcia set to miss first U.S. Open since 1999

Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia is set to miss his first U.S. Open since 1999 after failing to advance at qualifying.

The Spaniard shot an opening 66 at Dallas Athletic Club and was in a strong position to advance late in the second round, poised to get one of the 11 spots up for grabs.

However, he carded a double-bogey on the par-five 16th after finding the water, before going on to shoot 71 which put him into a seven-man playoff for the final six spots. He made bogey in the playoff and was eliminated.

The 44-year-old has played in 98 Majors to date, making his first appearance at the U.S. Open back in 2000 where he finished T-46. He’s gone on to have nine top-10 finishes in the event.

Since his switch to LIV Golf and therefore lack of opportunities to acquire world ranking points, Garcia has had to rely on qualifying stages to secure his spots in Majors in recent years.

He’s exempt from the Masters due to his 2017 win, however, for the remaining three Majors he has no obvious route as it stands.

Despite his new-found difficulty in acquiring spots in Majors, Garcia still does have an outside chance of playing in this year’s U.S Open as he’s currently listed an alternate.

 

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