Eddie Pepperell’s dreams of playing in the US Open for the second successive year were shattered when he failed to qualify at Walton Heath yesterday.
The 23-year-old Frilford Heath golfer withdrew from the International Sectional Qualifier after posting a two-over par 74 in the first of two rounds at the Surrey venue.
Playing on the Old Course, Pepperell, from Abingdon, moved to three-under par after four holes, but he struggled with his game after that, finishing with a double bogey.
Disappointed by his form and feeling he had little chance of claiming one of the 14 places at Pinehurst No 2 next month, he decided not to tackle the easier New Course in the afternoon.
Instead he headed north to Liverpool to see his coach Mike Walker in a bid to get his game back on track.
Pepperell is due to play in the Nordea Masters in Malmo, Sweden, starting on Thursday.
Irishman Shane Lowry, runner-up in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday, continued his fine form to head the qualifiers on eight-under par after rounds of 69 and 67.
The others to automatically win a spot were Swede Niclas Fasth, Englishmen Simon Griffiths and Graeme Storm, Germans Marcel Siem and Max Kieffer, Scotsman Chris Doak, South African Garth Mulroy, Indian Shiv Kapur and American Brooks Koepka.
Six players had to play off for the final four spots.
England’s Oliver Fisher, Italian Andrea Pavan and Dane Lucas Bjerregaard all made birdies at the first extra hole to claim the first three places, and the last to make the grade was Tom Lewis, with a 30 foot putt.
2:00pm Friday 27th February 2015
While Gary Waddock’s time in charge at Oxford United was brief, it produced one clear benefit which has helped the side this season.
1:00pm Friday 27th February 2015
NO further contract talks are expected at Oxford United until the club’s Football League status is secured.
12:04pm Friday 27th February 2015
Oxfordshire trainers Charlie Longsdon and Lawney Hill are among the panel at a Cheltenham Festival preview evening at Middleton Cheney Sports & Social Club next Thursday (7pm).
12:00pm Friday 27th February 2015
Oxford United travel to Portsmouth today - catch up on all our preview stories and video of the first league meeting between the sides
11:00am Friday 27th February 2015
GARY Waddock says he feels no bitterness towards Oxford United as he prepares to face the club for the first time since being sacked last summer.
10:52am Friday 27th February 2015
Lonodon Welsh's New Zealand World Cup winning scrum half Piri Weepu has quit London Welsh to join Aviva Premiership rivals Wasps until the end of the season.
9:20am Friday 27th February 2015
MICHAEL Appleton says there is no better place for Oxford United to win this season than Fratton Park – and it has nothing to do with his links to Portsmouth.
9:00am Friday 27th February 2015
Director of rugby Matt Williams is regretting an oversight that has cost Chinnor a place in the Oxfordshire Cup final.
9:00am Friday 27th February 2015
THERE have been plenty of changes at Oxford United since they visited Fratton Park last season, but few players have undergone a more dramatic change of status in the 18-month gap than Callum O’Dowda.
8:10am Friday 27th February 2015
DANNY Hylton says he has found a system this season which is helping him take penalties with confidence.