A lame and lowly-ranked Jason Day will miss his first major championship in almost a decade after being officially ruled out of this month's US Open at Torrey Pines.
Australia's former world No.1 has dropped out of the top 60, meaning he failed to gain direct entry, and opted out of this week's sectional qualifying event, preferring to receive treatment at home in Ohio for his chronic back injury.
Day hasn't missed a major since the 2012 British Open and has contested 10 consecutive US Opens since finishing second behind Rory McIlroy on debut in 2011.
Day's absence is the 33-year-old's latest setback after missed cuts at the past two Masters, the rescheduled 2020 edition in November and this year's in April.
He barely made the cut at last month's US PGA Championship, eventually sharing 44th spot - six years after hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy for his lone major championship triumph, then finishing runner-up in his title defence.
Day is a two-time US Open runner-up as well as a two-time PGA Tour winner at Torrey Pines, where he also won the World Juniors before turning pro.
But languishing at 107th in the FedExCup standings, he's now in a battle to make the season-ending playoffs featuring the top 125 on the PGA Tour, and to be fit next month's British Open at Royal St George's.
Seven of Day's countrymen will tee off at Torrey Pines, including veteran former Australian Open champion Steve Allan, who successfully qualified with a four-under-par two-round total at Meadow Springs Country Club in Washington.
The 47-year-old will be making his sixth US Open appearance, but first since 2010.
He's missed the cut on three previous occasions, tied for 28th in 2005 and shared 42nd place in 1999, both at Pinehurst.
Allan will join PGA Tour stars Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and Matt Jones plus less-celebrated compatriots Wade Ormsby and Brad Kennedy at the year's third major starting on June 17.
Ormsby qualified as the top finisher on the 2020 Asian Tour Final Order of Merit, while Kennedy earned his spot as the top finisher on the 2020 PGA Tour of Australasia Final Order of Merit.
Ormsby, who won last year's Hong Kong Open by relegating 2019 British Open champion Shane Lowry to runner-up, will be contesting just his second major championship.
The 40-year-old Ormsby missed the cut at the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills.
Kennedy will be playing in his third major after missing the cut at the British Open in 2011 and 2012.