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Marathon journey not enough for Monty
Whether Colin Montgomerie plays another major remains in doubt after an amazing 900-mile overnight drive failed to pay off.
Disgusted by a closing 81 in the BMW PGA Championship - it was his worst-ever score at Wentworth - the former Ryder Cup captain went all the way home to Perthshire to fetch a putter.
He then turned round and headed back to Surrey for the 36-hole US Open qualifier at Walton Heath, but after a promising start missed out on the 11 spots up for grabs.
"Who in their right mind would do that? But yes, I did," Montgomerie said. "I left Wentworth at 2pm, was home at 8pm, had tea with the family, left at 11pm and got here just after 6am."
An opening four under par 68 put the 48-year-old Scot on course to play in San Francisco next month, but he followed it up with only a 72.
He missed out on a play-off by two strokes, so could look back on his pitch to the 17th hitting the flagstick and rebounding 15 feet away, then lipping out from the same distance on the last.
Current Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal also failed, in his case by three shots after rounds of 67 and 74. "It's just a shame - I played really well this morning and gave myself a chance," he said.
Joint winners on nine under were Swede Alexander Noren, who defends the Wales Open at Celtic Manor later this week, and Scot Marc Warren, a former World Cup winner with Montgomerie who finally makes it into a major championship after nine attempts to qualify for The Open and three for the US Open.
Nineteen-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero was in the play-off and he and England's Matthew Baldwin birdied the first to go through, then Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin and Ireland's Peter Lawrie qualified on the second after Korean Sihwan Kim bogeyed.