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Davis Love III survived a playoff to earn his spot. (Centofanti/Getty Images)

Love, Beem among 14 to advance at Michigan qualifier

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Former PGA Champions Davis Love III and Rich Beem were among 14 players who punched their Open tickets in the U.S. qualifier.

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Former PGA Championship winners Davis Love III and Rich Beem qualified for the British Open on Monday, but Steve Elkington, winner of the 1995 PGA Championship, bogeyed his final two holes and fell short.

Jeff Overton won the first North American qualifying section at the TPC Michigan, shooting a 14-under 130 over 36 holes.

"I've never made it into a major, so I'm incredibly excited," the 25-year-old Overton said. "I haven't been playing very well this year, but today was the kind of day that you always dream about. This is how you want to play every day."

Michigan native Tom Gillis birdied the first extra hole to win a five-way playoff for the seventh and final spot.

"I played in Europe early in my career, so I have a lot of friends over there," said Gillis, who last played in the British Open in 1999.

John Rollins, Tim Petrovic, Matt Kuchar, Alex Cejka and Scott McCarron picked up the other five spots at the TPC.

Paul Goydos was the winner of the second qualifying section, held a few miles away at the Dearborn Country Club. Goydos shot 13 under to beat Michael Letzig by two shots.

Davis, who won the PGA Championship in 1997, and Beem, the 2002 PGA Championship winner, qualified at the Dearborn Country Club by surviving a five-man playoff for four spots.

Doug Labelle II joined Goydos and Letzig as automatic qualifiers, and Kevin Stadler and Craig Barlow were the others to advance out of the playoff. Iain Steel was eliminated in the playoff.

Among those missing out in Michigan were Pat Perez, Parker McLachlin, Kevin Streelman, Kevin Na, Peter Lonard, Nick Watney, Johnson Wagner, Mathew Goggin, Heath Slocum, Bob Estes, Bill Haas, Justin Hicks, Jesper Parnevik and Charley Hoffman.

In all, the qualifiers from TPC Michigan were Jeff Overton, John Rollins, Tim Petrovic, Matt Kuchar, Alex Cejka, Scott McCarron and Thomas Gillis.

The qualifiers from Dearborn Country Club were Paul Goydos, Michael Letzig, Doug LaBelle II, Rich Beem, Craig Barlow, Kevin Stadler and Davis Love III.

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