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Monty, Olazabal fail to qualify for U.S. Open

Surrey, England (Sports Network) - Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal were among 81 players trying to qualify for this year's U.S. Open on Monday.

The last European Ryder Cup captain and the current captain both failed in their attempt at qualifying for the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.

Both had been in good position after their first 18 holes, but Monty carded a 72 and Olazabal a 74 in their second round at Walton Heath Golf Club to miss out.

Alexander Noren, who will defend his title this week at the Wales Open, and Marc Warren topped the qualifier at nine-under par.

Lee Slattery, Soren Kjeldsen, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy and Mikko Ilonen finished two strokes behind Noren and Warren.

Five players went into a playoff for the final four spots available. Matteo Manassero and Matthew Baldwin birdied the first extra hole to get into the field at the Olympic Club.

Peter Lawrie and Raphael Jacquelin also earned their spot in the field for the season's second major, when Sihwan Kim failed to get up and down for par from a greenside bunker.

Kim will be one of the top alternates for the U.S. Open, which kicks off June 14 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

05/28 16:04:43 ET


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