Connor Syme had the chance to win his first European Tour title two weeks in a row
Connor Syme says qualifying for his first US Open is "bitter-sweet" after he narrowly missed his first European Tour title.
The Scot, 25, led the Wales Open with one more lap to go before finishing eighth for a second consecutive top -10 finish.
However, he was still one of 10 players who secured their place with next month's Major at Winged Foot via the tour's UK Swing mini Order of Merit.
"That was a big goal of mine and it will be an experience," said Syme.
"It's going to be a very strong field, probably one of the strongest there has ever been."
Syme has three top 10 finishes in six tournaments in the past two months.
His performance at Celtic Manor followed an equal third in last week's Celtic Classic at the same venue to seal his place in New York.
However, he led both events at the start of the final lap, so he was left feeling frustrated but also optimistic after finishing his European Tour at the end of last season. card.
"I'm obviously delighted, but it feels a little bittersweet the way I got it," he said.
"I guess you just never really know how you handle these situations until you get into it, but I really felt like I was ready to win. [19459004"]
"I'll learn a lot from it. It's definitely better to have been in that situation and know how to maybe handle it next time than never been there at all. It gives me a lot of faith that I can do it. "