Golf veteran Adam Scott loses US Open qualifying playoff to fellow Australian Cam Davis

Cam Davis had no idea he was putting Adam Scott’s winning streak of 91 consecutive majors into the hands of others after defeating his fellow Australian in a three-hole qualifying playoff for a spot in next week’s US Open.

Former Masters champion Scott, who has played in every major tournament since the 2001 US Open, is ranked 60th in the world, right on the cut-off point for qualifying for next week’s tournament in Pinehurst.

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However, he is not playing in this week’s Memorial Tournament, putting his ranking in jeopardy, although USGA officials have not yet commented on the place in the field of Grayson Murray, who was ranked 58th before his tragic death last week.

Scott entered qualifying to continue his winning streak, but bogeyed the final hole of his 36th day match at Springfield Country Club in Ohio, where he was one of 64 players competing for four spots, leaving him tied for fourth with fellow countryman Davis, who is ranked 68th.

On the first sudden-death hole, Scott chipped a birdie from outside the green, putting renewed pressure on his younger compatriot, who followed with a brilliant putt to extend the showdown.

Davis then smashed his second shot close on the third hole of the playoff for a birdie to secure his spot in the US Open, leaving Scott as the first alternate, subject to any changes in the leaderboard next week.

Scott could still be inducted via a USGA exemption, he could keep his ranking, or he could be inducted if someone else drops out.

Davis said he was “unaware” of Scott’s winning streak after defeating him.

“I didn’t know it, but I couldn’t have tried any less,” he told the Golf Channel after his victory.

“Damn, that just shows what a good player he is. I had to hit a bullseye to get over him.

“He’s an idol of mine, it’s great to play such great golf against him. Hopefully he’ll find a way in.”

“I keep my fingers crossed that we can both be there.”

Scott’s winning streak is the longest of any active player and the 42-year-old, who finished 42nd at the Canadian Open last week and dropped from 58th to 60th, is adamant he can still compete at the highest level.

“I think my game is in better shape than the results show,” Scott said recently.

“I know that’s probably what pretty much everyone who’s not in the top 10 in the world says, but that’s how I feel.”

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