Golf: Adam Scott loses US Open qualifying playoff to Cam Davis

Cam Davis had no idea he was putting Adam Scott’s record of 91 consecutive majors into the hands of others after defeating his compatriot in a three-hole qualifying playoff for a spot in next week’s U.S. Open.

Former Masters champion Scott, who has played in every major championship since the 2001 US Open, sits 60th in the world rankings, right on the cusp of qualifying for next week’s championship at Pinehurst.

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

Scott entered qualifying in an attempt to keep his winning streak alive, but missed 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, for finish fourth on a par with compatriot Davis, who ranks in 68th place.

On the deadly first hole, Scott holed out from the green for birdie, putting the pressure back on his younger compatriot, who followed with a brilliant putt to extend the showdown.

Then Davis drilled his second shot near the third playoff hole and capitalized on a birdie to earn his spot at the U.S. Open, with Scott left as the first alternate, pending any movement in the rankings next week.

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

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

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

“Damn, that shows how good a player he is. I had to land a powerful blow to overcome him.

“He’s been an idol of mine, it’s great to play great golf against him. Let’s hope he still finds a way in.

“Fingers crossed we can both be there.”

Scott’s record is the longest among active players and the 42-year-old, who finished in a tie for 42nd at last week’s Canadian Open by dropping 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 pretty much everyone who isn’t in the top 10 in the world probably says that, but that’s how I feel.”

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