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Daly misses out on return to PGA Tour

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  • John Daly fails to qualify for next week's U.S. Open at Bethpage, New York
  • Daly shoots only four birdies as he cards one over 143 in Tennessee
  • Davis Love III and Danny Lee also fail to make it at Columbus qualifier
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(CNN) -- John Daly returned to the action in the United States after serving a six-month suspension and promptly missed out on qualifying for the U.S. Open at Bethpage next week.

Daly attracted a sizeable gallery for his return to golfing action in America.

Daly attracted a sizeable gallery for his return to golfing action in America.

Sporting blue and white checkered knee-lengthy shorts on a humid day in Tennessee, the two-time major winner shot a one-over 143 over two rounds as he failed to win one of the 13 spots available in the sectional qualifying.

Daly, who was given a ban by PGA Tour after a series of indiscretions, has returned after a spell on the European Tour, the highlight being a second place finish in the Italian Open.

He also made headlines for his new slimmer look and colorful clothing range, but remains an attraction on both sides of the Atlantic and has gained a sponsor's invitation for the St.Jude Classic in Memphis on Thursday.

In another sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, other big names also failed to make it for the second major of the year.

Davis Love III missed out as did reigning U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee of New Zealand.

Lee, who would have been able to play at Bethpage had he stayed amateur, won a European Tour event in Australia in January before entering the professional ranks.

Former British Open champions David Duval and Tom Lehman did make it through while 52-year-old Fred Funk became the oldest qualifier for the U.S Open by earning a spot in Maryland.

Tiger Woods will defend his crown at Bethpage, a public course in New York next week.

He also won when it was last held at the same course seven years ago and will go into the major as firm favorite after his superb win at the Memorial at the weekend.

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