2005: 28 earn British Open spots via international qualifying
Tom Pernice and Geoff Ogilvy led all qualifiers after shooting 10-under 134 at British Open International Final Qualifying June 27 at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J.
Pernice shot a Canoe Brook North Course-record 64 in the first round.
Ian Woosnam, European Ryder Cup captain and 1991 Masters champion, was among the players who earned a trip to the British Open through International Final Qualifying at Sunningdale in England.
The British Open is July 14-17 at St. Andrews.
Other Canoe Brook qualifiers included PGA Tour veterans Joe Durant and Duffy Waldorf. Wilhelm Schauman and Richard Barcelo earned the final two spots in a seven-man playoff. Among those failing to qualify were Tom Kite and Bernhard Langer.
At Sunningdale, five players – David Geall, Kenneth Ferrie, Henrik Stenson, Jean-Francois Lucquin and Tom Whitehouse – were scheduled to return June 28 for a playoff for the one remaining spot.
Fourteen spots were available from the field of 120 at Sunningdale. At Canoe Brook, 104 players competed for 14 spots.
In the first year of IFQ in the U.S. last year, 59 players withdrew either before or during a qualifier at Congressional Country Club in Potomac, Md. This year, 11 players did not turn in scores for two rounds.
At Sunningdale, Simon Khan of England and Ireland’s Peter Lawrie tied at 8-under 132 after rounds on Sunningdale’s Old and New courses. John Bickerton was alone at 133, followed by a group of seven players at 134, including Woosnam. At Sunningdale, 17 players failed to turn in scores for two rounds.
Play was delayed two hours to allow players to arrive at Sunningdale after taking part in the French Open, which suffered delays Sunday.
Among the players missing out were Peter Hedblom, who tied for 11th at the U.S. Open, Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick Dougherty. Olazabal, a two-time Masters champion, failed to qualify last year.
– Staff and wire reports