Colsaerts leads 11 qualifiers for US Open


LONDON (AP)—Belgian golfer Nicolas Colsaerts led 11 players who earned spotsin the U.S. Open in a qualifier for European Tour players that ended at dark—much to the surprise of Richie Ramsay of Scotland.

Ramsay didn’t think his score of 4-under 140 at Walton Heath would be enoughto qualify. Because of a three-hour fog delay on Monday, he wasn’t even sure the36-hole qualifier would finish. Ramsay said some players were still teeing offat 5:30 p.m.

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He tried to catch a flight to Belfast to attend a wedding reception offellow player Gareth Maybin . Ramsay, a former U.S. Amateur champion, missed hisflight, and then was told to rush back to the course for a playoff among threeplayers. 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 apar 3 was used. Johan Edfors of Sweden, in what was supposed to be athree-for-one playoff, made par to earn the last spot over Andreas Harto ofDenmark.

“I actually feel physically sick,” Ramsay said. “I can’t believe theyplayed when it was pitch dark. It’s not up to me to say it’s right or wrong, butit’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 from June 16-19 at Congressional.

Colsaerts easily qualified along with Edfors, Shane Lowry , Maarten Lafeber ,Thomas Levet , Robert Rock , David Howell , Stephen Gallacher , Alexander Noren ,Marcel Siem and Robert Dinwiddie .

Colin Montgomerie , a runner-up to Ernie Els when the U.S. Open was last heldat Congressional in 1997, failed to qualify. Also missing out was Ross Fisher ,the only member of the last Ryder Cup team who still has not qualified for theU.S. Open.

Fisher is No. 52 in the world and can get in if he cracks the top 50 in thefinal ranking published before the championship.