British Open berths on the line at Greenbrier


Sunday is the second-to-last opportunity for players to earn a spot in this year’s British Open.

After the final round of The Greenbrier Classic, the leading five players from the top 20 of the FedEx Cup standings who were not already eligible would receive a spot in the Open. After today, the only other way a player could earn a tee time at Muirfield would be to win next week’s John Deere Classic.

Here are the players who are in the mix for one of those coveted five spots:

Billy Horschel: He’s ranked fifth in FedEx Cup points, on the strength of a breakout season that included a victory at the Zurich Classic. He’s T-41 through 54 holes at The Greenbrier but he has locked up a spot at the Open, as he’s projected to be fifth in the standings. 

Boo Weekley: A winner at Colonial, Weekley is headed to Muirfield even though he missed the cut this week in West Virginia. He is not projected to slip from his current No. 9 position.

Jimmy Walker: He’s currently second at The Greenbrier, which would move him from 24th to 11th in points. 

Russell Henley: The Sony Open winner is in the mix at The Greenbrier and, at T-16 through three rounds, is projected to move from 16th to 13th in points.

Harris English: The winner in Memphis didn’t tee it up this week, putting his Open berth on the line. He was No. 17 in points heading into this week. 

Charles Howell III: He did himself no favors by missing the cut at The Greenbrier, but he’s projected to be 19th in points after today.

Ken Duke: The recent winner at the Travelers nearly cracked the top 20, but his missed cut this week is projected to drop him from No. 21 to No. 22.