Petrovic seven others punch ticket to British Open


PLANO, Texas – Tim Petrovic shot a 11-under 129 to win International Final Qualifying for the British Open Monday at Gleneagles Country Club.

Bo Van Pelt shot 10-under 130 to finish one stroke behind Petrovic. D.A. Points finished two strokes behind Petrovic to qualify for his first British Open. Martin Laird (132), Tom Pernice Jr. (133), Glen Day (134), George McNeill (134) and Cameron Percy (135) were the others to qualify. Percy defeated Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman on the third extra playoff hole with a birdie.

The Queens Course at Gleneagles hosted the event to determine eight qualifiers from the field of 78. The top eight qualifiers advance to the British Open at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland on July 15-18.

Petrovic (64-65-129) missed the cut in all three career appearances at the British Open (2002, 2005, 2008). Van Pelt picked up his first PGA Tour victory last year at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee on the same weekend as the British Open.

“I drove it pretty well, which kind of set up everything and I just took advantage of those short holes,” Van Pelt said. “I took advantage of the holes you could get at, then the tough holes just made pars on.”

Van Pelt returns to the British Open for the first time since 2006, when he missed the cut. His three appearances at the British Open were from 2004-2006.

“I’ve played in three before,” Van Pelt added. “It has been a couple of years. It’s probably the biggest tournament in the world, so those are the ones you want to play in. Every guy that came here today obviously wanted to get in, so it’s exciting to get there.”

Davis Love III’s streak of 23 consecutive starts at the British Open dating back to 1987 is in danger as he missed qualifying. There are still three different routes available that Love could qualify through. Colombian Manuel Villegas, the younger brother of Camilo Villegas, failed to qualify for his first British Open.