With his world ranking having crashed to 910th - he has made only two cuts in his last 20 tournaments - the New Zealander could not even get into the field for last week's international qualifier at Sunningdale.
Instead he is at the West Lancashire course near Liverpool competing in the 36-hole final qualifying event before then travelling on to Paris for the French Open starting on Thursday.
Southport and Ainsdale, Hillside and St Annes Old Links are also venues, with 72 golfers at each looking for one of three spots.
Bristol's Chris Wood, fifth at Birkdale in 2008 as an amateur and then third at Turnberry a year later, has chosen this route to try to make it to Royal Lytham and he plays at St Annes, as do former Ryder Cup trio Barry Lane, Jarmo Sandelin and Paul Broadhurst - still joint holder of a major record with the 63 he shot at St Andrews back in 1990.
Three-time Tour winner Nick Dougherty, who lost his card last season after a nightmare time in which he survived only one cut in over 30 starts, plays at Southport and Ainsdale, while Hillside sees ex-Ryder Cup teammates Peter Baker and Mark James playing together.
Others on the same course include James Conteh, son of former world boxing champion John, and Australian Bryden Macpherson, who turned professional after playing in The Masters in April as British amateur champion.