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Padraig Harrington and his 2016 Olympic Games partner, Seamus Power teed-up in Canada on the RattleSnake Point course with Harrington missing out by two shots in qualifying.

Harrington, who last contested a U.S. Open in 2013, posted a pair of one-under par 71s on the course located at Milton, just north of Hamilton, where both he and Power will tee-up in Thursday’s starting RBC Canadian Open.

Harrington’s opening round was a mix of an opening hole eagle ‘3’ along with four birdies but also a third hole double-bogey ‘5’ and three hurtful bogeys over his closing six holes.

The European Ryder Cup captain’s second round was soured by two bogeys over his closing four holes after Harrington had birdied his first and 10th holes.

Power’s quest to tee-up at Pebble Beach ended when the West Waterford golfer doubled the par-3 13th to slump to two-over through 31 holes. When he parred the next, Power advised his playing partner that he was not continuing.

Power, who has yet to contest a U.S. Open, was among nine players in the field not to finish the 36-holes, a group including the likes of Ryan Moore, Ben Crane and Sang Moon Bae.

Just four players qualified for the U.S. Open at RattleSnake Point with American Harris English losing out in a play-off.

Belfast’s Michael Hoey was among a large group that teed-up at the Walton Heath course in Surrey hoping to qualify.

However, Hoey’s quest for a very first U.S. Open tee time ended with scores of 71 and 72, six shots shy of being among the leading 14 players to qualify.

Hoey produced a sizzling start to his second round with four birdies over his opening eight holes only to then double the ninth hole and drop a shot at the next.

South African Dean Burmester led the Walton Heath field by four shots with blistering scores of 63 and 65.

The three Irish to tee-up at Pebble Beach include past U.S. Open winners in Graeme McDowell (2010) and Rory McIlroy (2011) along with Shane Lowry.

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