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England's Davis earns Muirfield spot

ESPN staff
May 21, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Brian Davis will tee up at the Open Championship in July © AP
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England's Brian Davis was among eight players to book a place at this year's Open Championship in the American leg of International Final Qualifying at Gleneagles Country Club, Texas.

The top eight players after 36 holes earned a spot at the third major of the season, to be held at Muirfield, near Edinburgh, in July, with Davis claiming a share of fourth place on five-under-par after rounds of 66 and 69.

Davis started poorly but then a run of six straight birdies in his back nine saw him soar up the leaderboard, before a bogey at 17 dropped him back to four-under. In the second round Davis recorded two bogeys against three birdies, including one at 18 which kept him out the play-off.

The 38-year-old Londoner, along with American Scott Brown, finished two strokes behind Josh Teater and a shot back from Johnson Wagner and Columbia's Camilo Villegas.

Another Colombian, Andres Echavarria, lost out to Sweden's Robert Karlsson and Americans Bud Cauley and Luke Guthrie in a play-off for the final three places.

Davis Love III, America's Ryder Cup captain at Medinah last year, failed to qualify with rounds of 70 and 72 and could miss out on the Open Championship for the first time in 27 years.

"There are still some chances for me to get in the Open," Love said, "but I want that streak to continue. I want to keep playing."

Scotland's Martin Laird, Trevor Immelman and Stuart Appleby, who lost in a play-off at the 2002 Open Championship, will also need to find other ways of qualifying.

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