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Richie Ramsay misses out on US Open place
May 31, 2011

Richie Ramsay missed a playoff to decide a U.S. Open berth when he left Monday’s international qualifying event early to try to attend a friend’s wedding reception.

Ramsay went back to the Walton Heath course on the outskirts of London but missed out by a matter of minutes on the playoff which was won by Johan Edfors in near darkness when the Swede beat Denmark’s Andreas Harto at the first extra hole.

“I feel suicidal right now,” Scot Ramsay told reporters after dashing back to the course having missed his flight to fellow professional Gareth Maybin’s reception.

Former Ryder Cup player Thomas Levet of France and China Open champion Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium were also among the 11 qualifiers for the U.S. Open.

Joining them at the June 16-19 event at Congressional will be Ireland’s Shane Lowry, Dutchman Maarten Lafeber, British quartet Robert Rock, Stephen Gallacher, Robert Dinwiddie and David Howell, Swede Alexander Noren and German Marcel Siem.

Eight-times European number one and 2010 Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie and former World Match Play champion Ross Fisher failed to qualify.

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