Moore qualifies for British Open with big finish; Rose and Watson also in

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Ryan Moore finished second, a stroke behind winner Justin Rose, on Sunday in the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club to lock up a spot in the British Open.
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Published: Sunday, July 04, 2010 | 8:32 p.m.

Ryan Moore is off to St. Andrews. He had the game to get to the British Open, he just needs to find his passport to start the trip.

Moore finished second, a stroke behind winner Justin Rose, on Sunday in the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club to lock up a spot in the British Open.

Moore earned a spot because he was the leading player not already eligible among the top five at the AT&T National. Moore got in over Jeff Overton, who shot 67 to finish third; and Charlie Wi, who shot 69 to finish fourth.

"That's a bonus," Moore said. "I try not to think about that stuff or worrying about all the exemptions."

Rose and Bubba Watson, who did not play this week, qualified through a special money list that ended Sunday.

Moore has played in only one British Open, and that was played at Carnoustie.

"It's still golf," Moore said. "It's just a little different type of golf."

Moore hadn't expected to qualify and could only guess where he kept his passport.

"I think it might be in Phoenix," he said. "I'm going to have to go try and find it, although I wasn't planning on going there. But now I think I have to go make a pit stop there on the way home."

Moore won't pass up this chance to play a major. Turning pro in 2005 as the reigning U.S. Amateur champion meant that he had to forfeit his slot in the British Open, played that year at St. Andrews.

"I felt that it was kind of my priority to get on the PGA Tour at that time, and it was hard for me to wait another month and pass up a few good tournaments," he said.