8 Jun 2011

Singh likely to miss US Open

7:13 pm on 8 June 2011

The former golf world number one Vijay Singh's incredible run of playing in 67 consecutive major golf championships over the past 17 years appears to be over after the Fijian missed his tee time for a US Open qualifying tournament.

The 48-year-old said after Monday's final round of the US PGA Memorial, in which he fired a seven-under par 65, that he would not play in the Tuesday qualifier.

The only other path remaining for Singh to earn a berth into next week's US Open at Congressional Country Club in Maryland, would be to win or finish second at this week's US PGA St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.

Singh was ranked World No.1 for 32 weeks in 2004 and 2005 and is three-time major title winner, landing the 2000 Masters and the 1998 and 2004 PGA Championships.

In all, Singh has 34 US PGA triumphs, the most recent in 2008.

Singh's run of 67 majors in a row was aided last year by a special exemption into the US Open but tournament officials have said no such exemptions are expected to be awarded this year.