2005: Bryant, Mayfair, Perez added to Open

All but 14 spots were filled last week for the British Open July 14-17 at St. Andrews.

As of July 4, there were 142 players into the field of 156. The remaining 14 were to come from the leading player in each of the Barclays Scottish Open and the John Deere Classic plus 12 from Local Final Qualifying to be held at four courses July 10-11.

Among the latest qualifiers:

Bart Bryant, Billy Mayfair and Pat Perez earned exemptions based on results through the Cialis Western Open.

Bryant, who did not play at Cog Hill, and Mayfair, who finished fourth, got in off a money list from The Players Championship through the Western.

Mayfair, who has six top 10s this year, hadn’t been planning to play the British and said he would have to make a quick decision on whether to keep his commitment to enter the John Deere Classic the week before.

Perez got the spot reserved for the best Western finisher not otherwise exempt. He tied for fifth and won a tiebreaker against Brett Quigley; Perez shot 67 in the third round, Quigley 69.

Kenneth Ferrie holed a 40-foot birdie to win a 5-for-1 playoff June 28 at the International Final Qualifying at Sunningdale. Five days later, Ferrie won the PGA European Tour’s Smurfit European Open.

Three-time Open champion Seve Ballesteros withdrew from the field June 29, saying he was not ready competitively. Ballesteros was replaced by Jose Maria Olazabal, who was the highest-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking not otherwise in the field as of June 29.

Graeme Storm earned a spot as the leading player not otherwise exempt from the Smurfit European Open.

Chris Campbell (Australia), David Smail (New Zealand), Tadahiro Takayama (Japan) and Thammanoon Srirot (Thailand) qualified as the leading four players not exempt from the Mizuno Open, which ended June 26.

S.K. Ho (Korea) and Hiroyuki Fujita (Japan) qualified as the top two players via a cumulative money list from Japan Golf Tour events through the Mizuno Open.

– Staff and wire reports

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