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U.S. Open hero Rocco Mediate drew a big gallery at Congressional en route to qualifying for Birkdale. (Martin/Getty Images)  

Three more earn spots with strong Sunday finishes

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U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate, Fredrik Jacobson and David Frost are the latest to pack their bags for Birkdale.

BETHESDA, Md. -- Fredrik Jacobson barely missed qualifying for the British Open last Monday in Michigan. He didn't realize he would get a second chance at the AT&T National.

Jacobson grabbed one of the final spots available for Royal Birkdale with his second-place finish Sunday, shooting 65 to finish two strokes behind winner Anthony Kim.

"I didn't know that there was one spot (available) this week," Jacobson said. "I played 37 holes in the qualifier, ended up in the playoff and just missed out. I've actually been pretty tired all week after that one."

Another fatigued qualifier is Rocco Mediate, who finished tied for 18th while attracting some of the weekend's largest galleries from fans impressed by his runner-up performance at the U.S. Open.

"The last two weeks, there's no way I would have performed like that without (the fans)," Mediate said immediately after his closing round of 66. "I was on fumes, and I can't wait for this week off. Hopefully I'll be going to Britain."

Also earning a spot on Sunday was South African veteran David Frost, who captured the one available place at the European Open at the London Club in England. Frost earned a spot for a player not already exempt and finishing in the top five.

"I did not realize (European Open winner) Ross (Fisher) had qualified at Sunningdale Monday and I thought he had the spot," Frost said. "Maybe that was a good thing for me."

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