Since playing in his first major, the ’99 British Open, as a pro, Sergio Garcia has competed in 46 consecutive majors — a streak that’s now in danger of coming to an end. Garcia, who has fallen to No. 76 in the world, is not exempt for the US Open at Congressional. Which means he either has to crack the top 50 before May 23 or endure sectional qualifying (God forbid!). As of Monday, Garcia had yet to sign up for the qualifier, but his agent Clarke Jones of IMG said he planned to enter.
He has played only six times this year – three times in Europe, three times on the PGA Tour – with his best result a tie for eighth in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Jones said Garcia would play the Wells Fargo Championship next week, followed by The Players Championship and at least one of the Texas tournaments.
“He’s on his way back up,” Jones said. “He is headed down the right path.”
Sergio is a past champion at Congressional, winning the now-extinct Booz Allen Classic in 2005.
But Vijay Singh has an even longer streak that risks being broken. Singh has played in 67 consecutive majors, the longest active streak, and also isn’t exempt for the US Open yet. He received a special exemption from the USGA last year and qualified for the British Open because he was on the most recent Presidents Cup team.
USGA executive director Mike Davis told the AP he doesn’t anticipate anyone receiving a special invitation this year.
Singh is currently ranked No. 53 in the world.
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