Compton among 10 officially added to Open field


Three weeks after his runner-up finish at Pinehurst, Erik Compton can officially book his trip to Royal Liverpool later this month.

Compton was one of 10 players officially added to the Open Championship field Wednesday, as the R&A continues to work toward filling out the field of 156 players.

Compton's second-place showing at the U.S. Open did not earn him a berth in the season's third major, but it did move him up high enough in the Official World Golf Ranking to earn one of the 10 spots awarded this week to players not otherwise eligible. Joining Compton in punching their tickets for England via the OWGR are Americans Kevin Stadler, J.B. Holmes, Brooks Koepka, Charles Howell III, Chesson Hadley and Scott Stallings, along with Korea's K.J. Choi, Swede Fredrik Jacobson and Anirban Lahiri from India. 

This will mark Compton's first Open appearance and just third major start overall, while the experience of the other qualifiers varies: Hadley will be playing in his first major and Koepka just his fifth, while this will be Jacobson's 13th Open appearance and Choi will return to the majors after missing the U.S. Open, the first time he sat out a major since the 2002 Masters.

The additions bring the field total to 143 for the Open, with up to four spots available this week at the Greenbrier Classic and as many as three spots up for grabs this week at the French Open for players not otherwise exempt.

The Open Championship will be held July 17-20.