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Big names sign up for Open qualifying

Craig Stadler, former Masters winner will face qualifying for the 2000 Open at St Andrews. Allsport.

Former Masters champion Craig Stadler and Costantino Rocca, who lost a playoff to John Daly when the British Open was last at St. Andrews in 1995, have entered the final qualifying competition for next month's championshipat the Old Course.

Rocca could probably still avoid the 36-hole qualifying, where 480 players will battle for 40 places, if he wins one of the next three tournaments in Europe.

Stadler could also avoid qualifying if he wins in the United States in the next few weeks and gets in through the money list.

Both Rocca and Stadler are in the lineup at Ladybank -- one of four courses around St. Andrews used for final qualifying -- along with Wayne Grady, who along with Greg Norman lost a playoff to Mark Calcavecchia at Troon in 1989.

European players Rodger Davis and Gordon J. Brand, two others who have finished second in the Open (in 1987 and 1986, respectively), are both entered at Lundin, as is Jack Nicklaus's son Gary.

Four players who competed in the 1995 Ryder Cup -- current captain Sam Torrance, Philip Walton, Per-Ulrik Johansson, and Peter Jacobsen of the United States -- are together at Scotscraig.

John Cook, second at Muirfield in 1992, and Mark McCumber, who tied for second behind Tom Lehman at Lytham in 1996, are at Leven Links.


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