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Open qualifying spots won at Western Open

Duffy Waldorf's run at the leaderboard didn't last long enough for him to win the Western Open on Sunday.

It did, however, earn him a trip to the British Open.

Waldorf was among eight players who qualified for the British Open with their finishes at the Western Open. Another seven qualified through their earnings.

The British Open is July 15-21 at Muirfield in Scotland.

``I came here not expecting anything,'' said Waldorf, who finished six strokes behind winner Jerry Kelly after shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round.

``I gave (winning) a good shot. I just kind of ran out of gas at the end.''

The other players who qualified at the Western were: Brandt Jobe, Stuart Appleby, Chris Riley, Neal Lancaster, Steve Stricker, John Riegger and Bob Tway.

Stephen Ames, Chris Smith, Jeff Maggert, Tim Petrovic, Jonathan Kaye, Peter Lonard and Jim Carter qualified via a special money list.

Until last year, players had to travel to Europe for qualifying tournaments, usually held the Monday before the British Open. But in an effort to give more Americans the opportunity to qualify, the Western Open was designated as a British Open qualifier last year.

A total of 15 spots were available, with two ways to qualify. Using earnings from The Players Championship and the five most recent tournaments -- the St. Jude Classic, the U.S. Open, the Buick Classic, the Greater Hartford Open and the Western -- the top seven who didn't already have exemptions and were in the top 25 on the money list qualified.

The last eight qualifying spots were then given to the top eight Western Open finishers who didn't have exemptions.

Jobe, who finished third Sunday, said he's not sure if he'll be able to go to the British Open. His wife, pregnant with their second child, has been on bed rest for seven weeks. She's due Aug. 14.

``I'll have to talk to the chief and see what's going on,'' Jobe said. ``We'll do a lot of talking before we decide. Hopefully we'll make it to July 31.''


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