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AT&T, Greenbrier boosted by new Open qualifying

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EVIAN, FRANCE - JULY 27: Natalie Gulbis of the USA hits her tee shot on the 6th hole during the second round of The Evian Masters on July 27, 2007 in Evian, France. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)  - 

The new global qualifying system for the British Open, announced Monday by the R&A, will offer added incentives at two PGA Tour events.

The leading four players (not already eligible) from the top 12 and ties at the AT&T National and Greenbrier Classic will receive berths into the Open. Another spot will be reserved for the John Deere Classic, which is held the week before the Open.

Previously, the 36-hole qualifier outside Dallas awarded eight Open berths. That qualifier was held on May 20, however.  

“The new Open Qualifying Series will create an exciting build-up to the Open,” Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the R&A, said in a release. “We believe it will enhance the qualification process by giving players the opportunity to qualify at 72-hole championships as well as being more convenient in terms of scheduling.”

A similar system will be in place on the European Tour, with three Open berths up for grabs at The Irish Open, French Open and Scottish Open in lieu of the 36-hole qualifier at Sunningdale.