One of these guys will be playing at Pebble Beach.
Fowler Out Of US Open
By Kickntrue on 6/8/10
Rickie Fowler failed to qualify for the US Open in two weeks, as did Memorial Champ, Justin Rose. Because they had not qualified in other ways, both had to play their way into the event at yesterday's Monday qualifier. I guess being runner up, and 1st at a big tournament two weeks before doesn't do you much good (except in the wallet). I get it- I mean... anyone can have a fluke tournament, right? Well- Fowler is ranked 32 in the world, and Rose 33rd. You'd think you'd want them in a major, right? Well- I get it, I mean.. the US Open is a "must-qualify" event, right? Ah- that's it- I can live with that. You've got to earn your way in. It's not like it can just be given to you. Uggh.
Besides the long buildup for another chance to bitch, I'm getting pretty excited about Pebble Beach. Fortunately with the World Cup playing 6 hours or so ahead- and Pebble playing a couple hours behind, I should be able to watch both without too much crossover.
Tony Romo was actually playing pretty well before weather delayed and eventually killed his bid to make the Open. His qualifier was delayed until today, and the Cowboys have practice, meaning he withdrew.
Check out the first link for a list of players who made it through qualifying- including one fun one for golf historians- Ty Tryon. Ty was an amateur stud- who went pro at 17 and then just disappeared. He was hyped enough to be featured in a Tiger Woods video game, get endorsement deals- and then was never heard from again. It's equivalent to what it would be like if we never heard from Rickie Fowler from this day forward. 9 years later- he qualified for his first Major- and is just 26 years old. Wouldn't THAT be a story, if he revives his golf career!
Rose, Fowler, Out
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Rose and Fowler being out is hard to swallow. However, the way the qualifications for the US Open are setup, they needed to be ranked where they are now 2 weeks ago. They weren't, and they didn't meet any of the other criteria.
Before everyone jumps on the Vijay exemption... taking his spot away would not give it to one of these guys. They were out by more than just 1 spot.
I was following Fowler's Twitter account to see what was going down. Shame, but both Rose and Fowler will have their day.
Scott Shields says:
They'll get their chance soon enough...
Yeah, that's a shame; I was really hoping to see how Fowler performed in the US Open this year. I enjoy watching him play.
I'm with you guys on this one: I would have liked to see the follow-up event from both Rose & Fowler. It's unfortunate.
Surprised they didnt quailfy they were playing some good golf. Fowler i could see him missing since he performed like crap on sunday and probably took it with him monday morn at his qualifier. I am not sure about this one. like you said 1 and 2 place finish 2 weeks before and in the top 50 in the world. too bad.
more upset Romo didnt make it, that would have been fun to watch.
Banker, I would think they were both exhausted. 4 rounds in contention has to wear on two guys who have never won a tournament before.
Kurt the Knife says:
anyone have ideas where to find an affordable room in the Monterey area for the Open?
The best I could get 9 months ago was ~400.00 for a Comfort Inn in bloody Salinas.
We have tix for saturday's round and made a plan to spend fri. nite rather than drive down sat. from the N-bay.
jeez.. 2 weeks later, room rate back to $89
So... this makes things a little bit weirder... sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news?slug=ap-usopen-kh
The way I read it is that there is a spot help open for the Memorial winner, but it's only if he's a multiple PGA Tour winner. This was Rose's first win, so the spot went to the alternate (who happened to be the winner of the Euro event the same week as Memorial). I don't get it. It's just weird to me.
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