Sergio Garcia missed the cut in his first major as a pro, at Carnoustie in 1999 for the British Open. He has played in every major since then, a streak of 46 in a row that suddenly is in danger.
Garcia, coming off his worst season as a pro that required a 10-week break to become rejuvenated about golf, is not exempt for the U.S. Open at Congressional.
As of Monday, he had not signed up sectional qualifying -- the deadline is 5 p.m. today -- although his agent said he was going to enter. The 31-year-old Spaniard still has time to avoid having to go through qualifying for the first time.
"I suspect he'll be top 50 by then," Clarke Jones of IMG said Tuesday morning.
Garcia is No. 76 in the world, and has until May 23 to try to crack the top 50. If that fails, new criteria for the U.S. Open gives him until the week before the U.S. Open to get into the top 50.
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.
Jones said Garcia would play the Wells Fargo Championship next week, followed by The Players Championship and at least one of the Texas tournaments.
BAGAY CHALLENGE: Tiger Woods , Rickie Fowler and host Notah Begay will be among the eight players who will tee it up alongside NFL quarterbacks Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys and Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams in the Notah Begay Challenge in early July.
The fourth annual NB3 Challenge will be staged at Turning Stone Resort and Casino's Atunyote Golf Club on July 5.
Begay said the rest of the field will be announced before June 1.
The Challenge is the chief fundraiser for Begay's charity, the NB3 Foundation, which has a goal of fighting obesity and diabetes among Native American youth.
WINLESS: It's not quite the burden as being the best without a major, but Tim Clark felt relieved last year when he won The Players Championship and shed the label as the best to have never won on the PGA Tour.
So who's next?
Of players who have been PGA Tour members as long as they have been a pro, Fowler has the highest ranking at No. 34, although he is only in his second year. Steve Marino (57), Jeff Overton (59) and Kevin Na (64) are also among the top 75 in the world without ever winning on tour.