No Open berth for McMillan this year

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 6:57 AM ET

Close, but no cigar.

That sums up Rob McMillan's season on the golf course this year, and it was no different yesterday in B.C.

The 29-year-old Winnipegger, who didn't receive an exemption into this week's Bell Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, failed to qualify for the event yesterday.

McMillan fired a 72 at Morgan Creek Golf and Country Club in South Surrey, B.C.. He wasn't sure what the final cut was, but it was 71 when he left the course.

"I probably ended up pretty close, but just not good enough," McMillan said last night.

McMillan had received an exemption into Canada's lone PGA Tour stop for the past five years, but his cellphone didn't ring this time around.

"This year a lot of Canadians have played really well, so that's good for Canadian golf," McMillan said. "But when it comes to getting an exemption for the Canadian Open for me, that's not a good thing, because then I'm definitely down on the pecking order.

"But I had ample opportunity to play my way in. I could've played my way in off the Canadian Tour money list, I could've played my way in today.

"Yeah, I'm disappointed, but I should have just taken care of it and played my way in."

McMillan said there was a "slim chance" he could be a last-minute addition last night or early today when the RCGA fills out the field, but he wasn't planning on holding his breath.

FINGERS CROSSED

"I was kind of crossing my fingers, hoping I'd hear something today, but it's already 5 o'clock out here, so I think I would know by now," he said.

"It'll be interesting to see who gets those spots."

McMillan finished 17th on the Canadian Tour money list this season without winning a tournament, and he was happy with the way he played.

"I'm disappointed that I didn't have that hot week, but I still felt like I played pretty solid," he said.

And that gives him hope going into his eighth trip to the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, which starts next month.

"I'm looking forward to it," McMillan said. "I feel like my game's in good shape, and hopefully I can get it primed and ready to go by the middle of October."


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