British Open tweaks its process for players to get in field via special lists

R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson
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The Royal & Ancient made a few tweaks to its qualifying process for Muirfield this year in an attempt to get hotter players into the field.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 11:58 p.m.

LOS ANGELES -- Players no longer will have to figure out special money lists to determine whether they can get into the British Open.

The Royal & Ancient made a few tweaks to its qualifying process this year. Instead of a special money list on the PGA Tour and European Tour, that has been eliminated in favor of additional spots on their money lists much closer to the Open.

A year ago, three spots were available from the FedExCup standings after the Colonial in May. Two spots were available from a special money list that consisted of The Players Championship and five tournaments through the Greenbrier Classic. Now, the special money list is gone and five spots will be available from the FedExCup standings after the Greenbrier.

The same applies to the European Tour.

There is one other change. A year ago, the leading player (not already eligible) from the top five at the French Open, Scottish Open, Greenbrier Classic and John Deere Classic got into the Open. This year, only the winner from the Scottish Open and John Deere get in.