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Matthew Goggin earns place in Open

Matthew Goggin got a small consolation prize Sunday at the Western Open, earning a spot in the field at Royal Liverpool in two weeks as the highest finisher not already eligible for the British Open.

"I've played it a couple times before, and it's by far my favorite golf tournament to play in, so I'm really excited to be able to go there," Goggin said.

The Royal & Ancient offers five spots to PGA Tour players in the weeks before the British Open -- two from a special money list from six tournaments (The Players Championship and five events through the Western Open), and the highest finisher among the top 10 not already eligible from the Buick Championship at Hartford, the Western Open and the John Deere Classic.

Hartford winner J.J. Henry and Billy Andrade earned the two spots from the special money list, while Hunter Mahan was the top finisher not already eligible from Hartford.

Goggin closed with a 69 at Cog Hill and tied for second with Tiger Woods, two shots behind Trevor Immelman, who already qualified for the British Open from the top 50 in the world ranking.

July 11, 2006


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