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Olazabal to play in British Open qualifying

LONDON – European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal will be among the 288 players taking part in final qualifying next week for the British Open.

The 45-year-old Spaniard finished third at the Open in 1992 and 2005 and is a two-time winner of The Masters. He will play 36 holes at the Littlestone course on Tuesday in a bid to claim one of the 12 qualification places.

Other high-profile players qualifying across four courses near the Open venue at Royal St. George’s are 2005 U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell of New Zealand and two Swedish former Ryder Cup players – Joakim Haeggman and Jarmo Sandelin.