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Woosie Chips Into Open Championship

SANDWICH, England (AP) -- Former Masters champion Ian Woosnam qualified for the British Open, recovering from a bogey-bogey finish Monday by chipping in from 70 feet for a birdie in a playoff.
'About time I had a bit of luck,' Woosnam said.
He was among 28 players who survived 36 holes of qualifying played at four links near Royal St. George's, where the British Open starts Thursday.
BellSouth Classic winner Ben Crane also qualified, shooting a 66 Monday to finish second at Royal Cinque Ports.
Jeff Maggert will miss the British Open for the first time since 1992, the year he joined the PGA Tour. Maggert opened with a 74 at Littlestone, and his 69 in the second round Monday left him three strokes short.
Jonathan Byrd also failed, despite rounds of 69-66 at North Foreland. Byrd tied for eighth in the Masters and tied for fifth at the U.S. Open.
Another casualty was Andy Barnes, who caddied for his brother -- U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes -- at the Masters and U.S. Open. He failed to grab the one spot available in a four-way playoff at Littlestone.
Woosnam, the runner-up at Royal Lytham two years ago, appeared to be headed toward a colossal collapse at Prince's links with bogeys on the final two holes, which he thought ended his chances of playing in the British Open for the 22nd straight year.
'I needed one par on the last two holes, but I didn't get it and I'm not happy about it,' Woosnam said.
Instead, he wound up in five-way playoff for three spots, and he ended it quickly by chipping in from a fluffy lie just off the 10th green.
'I changed from a wedge to a 9-iron, and it was perfect,' Woosnam said. 'I thought it would be stiff and I was really fortunate it went in. I'm going home for a pint.'
Crane was on the bubble until his 66 at Royal Cinque Ports, which included a 4-iron into 3 feet for eagle on No. 3.
'My first time entered and it's great to make it,' Crane said. 'I was ecstatic when I saw this course, and I'm told St. George's is something else. I can't wait.'
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