Adam Scott missed a chance to qualify for the U.S. Open by a matter of percentage points — one stroke over 72 holes — at the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday, where a three-way tie for ninth will leave him scrambling for a spot in the field next month at Shinnecock Hills.
Scott, who shot a final-round 65, needed no less than a two-way tie for ninth to surpass Chesson Hadley and move into the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking by Monday’s cutoff deadline for one of the tournament’s exemption criteria.
The United States Golf Association also will offer an exemption into the field for those who are in the top 60 as of June 11 — the Monday of U.S. Open week — and not in the field by some other means.
“I’ll play next week and hopefully play really well and give myself a bit of a cushion so I can take a week or so off and try to prepare the best I can for the U.S. Open,” Scott said after his final round at the Dallas tournament.
Scott, 37, has played in 67 consecutive major championships dating to 2001, a current streak surpassed only by Sergio Garcia’s 75 in a row. The tie for ninth was the Aussie’s first top-10 finish in nearly a year, since finishing tied for 10th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic the week prior to the 2017 U.S. Open.
Since then, Scott has steadily slipped down the world ranking and was 71st two weeks ago before a tie for 11th at the Players Championship and his finish this week.
Scott will play this week’s Fort Worth Invitational as well as the Memorial in two weeks. He would also have the option of attempting 36-hole sectional qualifying on June 4 if his world ranking is not high enough.
The USGA will conduct 12 sectional qualifiers: one in Japan on Monday, one in England on June 4 and 10 across the United States on June 4.