GRAEME Storm faces having this weekend off after failing to qualify for the Open Championship.
The Hartlepool golfer was always up against, having needed to be up in the top 10 at the Scottish Open.
Storm had given himself a glimmer of hope by making the cut at the Royal Aberdeen links.
But the game was virtually up when a two-over par 73 on Saturday saw him slip 21 places to 55th going into the final day.
To Storm’s credit, he began the last round like a house on fire.
The 36-year-old birdied the par four first and then better followed with an eagle at the 558-yard second.
After just six shots on the morning he was three under for the day and one under for the tournament.
However, he undid his good work with a double bogey six at the sixth and a further bogey at the ninth.
He did though birdie the tiny 147-yard eighth and he reached the turn in 30th place.
Another bogey came at the 14th but he did end smartly with a three at the 16th to sign for a one-under par 70.
After rounds of 70, 72 and 73 that left him in a share of 51st on 285 (one over par).
Storm’s old amateur rival and friend, Justin Rose cruised to victory to claim back-to-back wins for the first time in his career.
The former US Open champion, who won the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour a fortnight ago, will now try to follow in the footsteps of Phil Mickelson by claiming a second major title in the Open at Hoylake.
Mickelson, who won at Castle Stuart 12 months ago before lifting the Claret Jug at Muirfield a week later, carded a closing 65 but only moved up six places to joint 11th on a day of phenomenal low scoring at Royal Aberdeen.
With the course defenceless after rain throughout the morning and no wind, Rose took full advantage by storming to the turn in 31, moving three ahead of the field after sharing the overnight lead with Scot Marc Warren.
The 33-year-old managed just one more birdie on the back nine but completed a flawless 65 to finish 16 under par, two ahead of Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg.
Broberg had the consolation of claiming one of the three qualifying places for Hoylake, with England’s Tyrrell Hatton joint fourth and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson joint eighth to take the others.