Sheffield’s Danny Willett comes down to earth and misses The Open

First victory: Danny Willett's smile after his win in the BMW International soon faded at Sunningdale.           PICTURE: AP Photo/Martin Meissner

First victory: Danny Willett's smile after his win in the BMW International soon faded at Sunningdale. PICTURE: AP Photo/Martin Meissner

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SHEFFIELD’S Danny Willett couldn’t follow up his form from the weekend as he failed in his bid to qualify for The Open championship in July at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Willett, who won the BMW International title in Cologne on Sunday - his first European Tour success - missed out by four shots at Sunningdale.

The victory in Germany probably didn’t help his quest to finish in the top 10.

After a 9.30pm flight back to England, Willett had “a couple of beers” to celebrate and did not get to bed until 2am.

He shot 69 in the first round over the Old Course and 70 in the second on the New yesterday to end the day level par and in a tie for 35th position.

Worksop’s Mark Foster failed to return a score after an opening round of 70.

England’s James Morrison led those who did qualify with an eight under par total to beat countryman Sam Walker into second place.

Alejandro Canizares of Spain, Richard Finch, Matthew Baldwin, Ross Fisher and Lee Slattery all of England, Jamie Donaldson from Wales, Australia’s Marcus Fraser and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark were the others to make it to Royal Lytham.

Notable big names to miss out were the past and current captain’s of the European Ryder Cup team, Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal.