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Kapur misses berth for US Open

June 05, 2007 13:53 IST

Young Indian golfer Shiv Kapur fell short by two shots in his quest to earn a US Open berth when he totaled 141 at the 36-hole US Open sectional qualifying at Walton Heath on Monday.

Kapur shot rounds of 73 and 68, as the last of the nine qualifiers went through at 139.

India's only representative will be Jeev Milkha Singh, who made it by virtue of his being second in the Japan Tour Money List in 2006.

As a total of 52 players teed off for nine spots at Oakmont, joint winners at eight-under were Nick Dougherty (66-70), Swede Peter Hanson (68-68) and South African Darren Fichardt (68-68).

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, Australian Marcus Fraser and Argentina's Miguel Rodriguez finished one behind.

Birmingham's Sam Walker was sixth and the other two qualifiers were Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Frenchman Christian Cevaer.

Among those missing out were Ryder Cup heroes Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley.

Clarke, who has not made a halfway cut since early February, shot 75 and 72. McGinley's two 71s were not sufficient either.

Jean Van de Velde and Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ryder Cup team-mates in 1999, were unsuccessful as well. Jimenez's two 74s included a nine on the long 14th in the first round, while Van de Velde shot 72-74.

Bradley Dredge, 54th in the world after just missing out on his home Wales Open, was the most notable absentee.

Scots Marc Warren and Alastair Forsyth missed out by a single stroke, as did England's Oliver Wilson and France's Gregory Havret.

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