The US Open is a cruel, elusive thing. We talked last week about just how difficult it is to keep returning to this championship and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington found that out the hard way on Monday.
Harrington missed qualifying in England by six strokes on Monday at Walton Heath Golf Club, ceding the 14 spots up for grabs to other golfers.
A few of them you've even heard of. American Brooks Koepka qualified, so did Shiv Kapur, Marcel Siem, and Irishman Shane Lowry. Lowry just missed out on qualifying by winning the BMW PGA Championship which went to his buddy Rory McIlroy.
"And while I was a little disappointed not to win the BMW PGA, at least now I've done it the hard way so that I can join Rory at Pinehurst," said Lowry.
Harrington (and others) will still have opportunities to qualify in the US as he is playing the St. Jude Classic in a few weeks.
There are also 10 sectional qualifying events still on tap within the US.