CROMWELL, Conn. -- About 90 minutes before the end of regulation at the Travelers Championship on Sunday, Luke Donald took a picture in a misty rain with the Claret Jug and an Open Championship flag -- just in case.
At the time, the Englishman was tied for seventh and on the outside looking in at one of the four qualifying spots available this week for golf's oldest major. After several players fell off the pace late during the final round at TPC River Highlands, Donald did, in fact, notch one of those invites for the Open Championship.
When he bogeyed the final hole Sunday, Donald sounded resigned to the fact that he would have to try to claim the one spot available at the Scottish Open in two weeks.
"Obviously I thought about it the last couple of holes," Donald said about his chances of making the field at St. Andrews. "I knew I was in a good position. I was trying to make one more birdie really to be honest. Thirteen [under], I thought that would definitely secure one of those top four spots."
Donald also took to Twitter at the completion of his round to express his excitement:
Donald ended the tournament at 11 under after shooting 4-under-par 66 in the final round. He said afterward that he thought his bogey at No. 18 knocked him out of contention.
Instead Donald, along with Brian Harman, Graham DeLaet and Carl Pettersson, will be at St. Andrews. Donald finished tied for seventh at the Travelers along with Bo Van Pelt and Mark Wilson, but the Englishman got in because his world ranking of 68th coming into the week was higher than Van Pelt's (248th) and Wilson's (441).
Wilson bogeyed his final hole to miss out on the Open Championship invite.
Donald played the Open at St. Andrews as an amateur in 2000 (missed the cut) and as a professional in 2005 (T-52) and 2010 (T-11).
The final four spots available on the PGA Tour will be up for grabs at next week's Greenbrier Classic.