Faxon Earns British Open Qualifying Spot

By Associated PressJuly 11, 2005, 4:00 pm
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Brad Faxon made the trip across the Atlantic worth his while Sunday, shooting a 69 to narrowly earn one of three final qualifying spots for the British Open.
 
Faxon could not play in the U.S. qualifier June 28 because it was the same day as the CVS Charity Classic he runs with Billy Andrade in Rhode Island, which has raised some $3 million.
 
At a time when some American players don't even bother with a qualifier in their backyard, or have turned down exemptions to golf oldest championship, Faxon flew over late last week and pinned his hopes on two rounds on the links course at Lundin down the road from St. Andrews.
 
``If you win a tournament like this, it changes your whole life,'' Faxon said. ``And I'm not going to win it staying at home. There is a special feeling playing these links courses and competing in the oldest major in the world.''
 
Faxon was one of only two Americans who tried final qualifying at four courses near the Old Course. Ronald Won shot 67-74 at Scotscraig and failed to qualify.
 
Only three spots among 96 players were available at each course.
 
Faxon opened with a 64, but thought he had blown his chance with a 69 on the second day. That left him in a tie for second at the time, and he had to wait the rest of the afternoon to see if he got in.
 
``I don't think I've done enough -- not even close,'' Faxon said.
 
Two players who opened with 65 couldn't catch him, each shooting 69 to finish one behind Faxon.
 
The last time Faxon failed to qualify for the British Open was in 2000; coincidentally, that also was at Lundin when the Open was played at St. Andrews. That year, Faxon flew immediately home to defend his title in the B.C. Open, and wound up winning.
 
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