Swede Peter Hanson managed only a third round 74 at the Andalucian Open in Seville today and knew instantly what it meant – no Masters debut again.
Needing a top three finish to have a chance of making the world’s top 50 just in time for Augusta Hanson was down in 59th spot on two over par with a day to go and said: “Over – game over. That’s it.”
The 31-year-old also told his caddie that he may not appear again until the Irish Open in mid-May.
“I’ll play when I’m motivated again. This is such a big disappointment - everybody knew why I came here this week.
“I’ve been so close the past two years. I ended 2007 54th in the rankings and was 55th at the end of last year.
“If Geoff Ogilvy had not birdied the last hole of the HSBC Champions in November (to tie for third) that might have done it for me.
“And if I’d not lost to Paul Casey in the third round of the Match Play a month ago that might have done it.
“I knew I needed to shoot really low today, even though it was raining hard at the start. But when I double-bogeyed the second it was such a long way to go and every bit of my game is just a little bit off.”
Taking another double bogey on the 15th, where he had to lay up short of the lake and then went over the green with his pitch, ended any lingering hopes.
He was 11 strokes behind leader Marcel Siem, the German resuming a shot ahead of England’s Graeme Storm and Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin.
Colin Montgomerie was tied for 11th at halfway on his 500th European Tour event as a professional, but had dropped to 15th before he teed off again with defending champion Thomas Levet, Spaniard Ignacio Garrido, Swede Jarmo Sandelin and Norwegian Jan-Are Larsen all grabbing early birdies.
Dane Anders Hansen, who missed the cut at Augusta last year, was also in need of a top three finish tomorrow to earn a return trip and by covering his first 11 holes in two under was up to joint 23rd.
Siem parred the opening two holes and then found himself sharing the lead.
It was not Storm or Lucquin who caught him, but Dane Thomas Bjorn after a birdie at the fourth and eagle at the next.
Storm bogeyed the second to be two behind, but Bjorn’s compatriot Soren Kjeldsen closed the front nine with three successive birdies to turn in 32 and move joint third with Lucquin one behind.
Montgomerie was fading out of contention. He also bogeyed the short seventh and at three under was down in 30th spot with Hansen, whose 71 was far from what he was hoping for in his Masters bid.