Golf veteran Adam Scott loses US Open qualifying playoff to fellow Australian Cam Davis

Cam Davis had no idea he was putting Adam Scott’s streak of 91 consecutive majors in the hands of others after beating his fellow Australian in a three-hole qualifying playoff for a spot at next week’s US Open.

Former Masters champion Scott, who has played in every major since the 2001 US Open, is ranked 60th in the world, just on the cusp of qualifying for next week’s Championship at Pinehurst.

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But he is not on the field for the Memorial this week, putting his ranking in jeopardy, although USGA officials have yet to comment on the field held by Grayson Murray, who was ranked 58th before his tragic death last week.

Scott entered qualifying looking to keep his lead alive but bogeyed the final hole of his 36th hole of the day at Springfield Country Club in Ohio, where he was one of 64 players vying for four spots. and finished in equal fourth place with compatriot Davis, who is in 68th place.

At the first sudden-death hole, Scott dived out of the green for birdie, putting renewed pressure on his younger compatriot, who followed it up with a brilliant putt to extend the match.

Davis then holed his second putt on the third hole of their playoff and settled for birdie to earn a spot at the US Open, leaving Scott as the first alternate pending any change in the rankings next week.

Scott could still get in through a USGA exemption, he could keep his spot in the rankings, or he could get in even if someone else withdraws.

Davis said he was “not aware” of Scott’s streak after beating him.

“I didn’t realize it, but I wouldn’t have tried anything less,” he told Golf Channel after the win.

“Damn, that just goes to show what a good player he is. I had to hit a hard shot to get on it.

“He was my idol, it’s great to play great golf against him. Let’s hope he still finds his way in.

“Fingers crossed we can both be there.”

Scott’s major streak is the longest among active players and the 42-year-old, who finished 42nd at the Canadian Open last week and fell from 58 to 60, is adamant he can still compete at the highest level.

“I think my game is in better shape than the results show,” Scott said recently.

“I know almost everyone who isn’t in the top 10 in the world probably says that, but that’s how I feel.”

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