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Bo Van Pelt missed the Open Championship last year, but won in Milwaukee that same week. (Getty Images)

Eight PGA Tour players nail down Open spots in talent-packed American qualifier

The one-day, 36-hole American qualifier in suburban Dallas saw Bo Van Pelt lead the way, with players ranging from Tom Pernice to D.A. Points to Cameron Percy punching their tickets to St. Andrews.

PLANO, Texas (PA Sports) -- Bo Van Pelt was among eight PGA Tour players who qualified Monday for the Open Championship, the major he missed last year while winning his only PGA Tour title.

Tim Petrovic had an 11-under 129 at Gleneagles Country Club to lead the eight qualifiers in the one-day, 36-hole American edition of International Final Qualifying (IFQ). He was one shot ahead of Van Pelt, who won the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee last year when it was held the same week as the Open.

The Open will be played July 15-18 at St. Andrews.

Others who qualified were D.A. Points, Martin Laird of Scotland, 50-year-old Tom Pernice Jr., Glen Day, George McNeill and Cameron Percy of Australia, who earned the last spot in a three-way playoff with Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman.

Laird made his Open debut last year at Turnberry, missing the cut. He left Scotland to attend college at Colorado State and never left America. His parents live about 15 minutes from St. Andrews.

"The Open at St. Andrews, it doesn't get any better than that," an emotional Laird said. "I had this qualifier circled on my calendar for a long time. I will be able to stay with my parents at home. There is nothing like it."

Among those who failed to qualify were Rickie Fowler, Stuart Appleby, Davis Love III and Rory Sabbatini. Love has played every British Open since 1987, while Appleby has played every Open since 1997.

Also missing out were Brandt Snedeker, Bryce Molder, Woody Austin, Ricky Barnes, Ryan Moore, Chad Campbell, Andres Romero, Aaron Baddeley, Brian Davis, Ryan Palmer, Alex Cejka, Tim Herron and Rod Pampling.

They still can qualify by being among the top players at the AT&T National and John Deere Classic, or through a special money list.

International Final Qualifying (IFQ) events were introduced in 2004 and are held on five continents to give more players from around the world the chance to gain direct entry into golf's oldest championship.

Already this year, IFQ events have been held in South Africa, Australasia and Malaysia. The last remaining IFQ tournament is set for June 7 at Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire, England.
 

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