Nicolas Colsaerts qualifies for U.S. Open
Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts led 11 qualifiers for the U.S. Open at a 36-hole sectional event played Monday at England's Walton Heath Golf Club.
Colsaerts was 9-under par over the New and Old courses at Walton Heath and secured a spot in the June 16-19 tournament at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
Others who qualified were Maarten Lafeber, Shane Lowry (tied for second), Thomas Levet (fourth), David Howell, Robert Rock (tied fifth), Robert Dinwiddie, Marcel Siem, Alexander Noren, Stephen Gallacher (tied sixth) and Johan Edfors, who secured the 11th and final spot after a sudden-death playoff with Denmark's Andreas Harto.
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, who captained last year's victorious European Ryder Cup team and is a three-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, failed to qualify.
Richie Ramsay didn't think his score of 4-under 140 at Walton Heath would be enough to qualify, so he left town. Because of a three-hour fog delay Monday, he wasn't even sure the 36-hole qualifier would finish. Ramsay said some players were still teeing off at 5:30 p.m.
He tried to catch a flight to Belfast to attend a wedding reception of fellow player Gareth Maybin. Ramsay, a former U.S. Amateur champion from Scotland, missed his flight, and then was told to rush back to the course for a playoff among three players. Stuck in traffic, he didn't arrive until the playoff was over.
Turns out there was just enough light left to play at least one hole, so a par 3 was used. Johan Edfors, in what was supposed to be a three-for-one playoff, made par to earn the last spot over Andreas Harto.
"I actually feel physically sick," Ramsay said. "I can't believe they played when it was pitch dark. It's not up to me to say it's right or wrong, but it's just been an horrific day -- just an awful, awful day."
Ramsay will be an alternate, with little hope of getting into the U.S. Open, to be played June 16-19 at Congressional.
Information from ESPN.com golf writer Bob Harig and The Associated Press was included in this report.
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2011 U.S. OPEN
Course: Congressional CC, Blue Course
Where: Bethesda, Md.
Yardage, par: 7,574 yards, par-71