Nick Faldo will have to make a flying visit to the America next week in a bid to claim a place in the US Open in New York on June 13.
In order to share the record of 59 successive majors he needs to land one of a handful of qualifying places - having failed to gain an automatic spot or earn an invitation from the USGA.
He needed to finish in the top two at today's Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth to improve his position on the world rankings into the top 50 but missed out by just two shots.
His 12 under par total after a final round 69 was seven behind the eventual winner Anders Hansen from Denmark but crucially two behind Colin Montgomerie and Eduardo Romero who shared second spot.
Hansen a former Houston University student from Sonderborg who has made his home in London, finished with a two under par 70 to finish on 19 under - a record for the Tour's blue riband event. He won £330,000.
Tied with Faldo were Kiwi Michael Campbell and Carlos Rodiles of Spain, with Jarrod Moseley and Darren Clarke on 11 under par. Moseley, from Australia, equalled the West Course record with his 63 in the final round.