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British Open field taking shape

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Some 81s hurt more than others, although it’s doubtful Gary Woodland had anything other than a quick exit on his mind following his 11-over-par effort at the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday.

Woodland, who made just two pars on his outward 41, began the final round tied for fifth and likely needed to remain inside the top 5 to move from 53rd in the World Golf Ranking into the top 50 and earn a spot at the British Open Championship.

Instead, Woodland finished tied for 49th and will not be inside the top 50 on Monday when the ranking is published and the British Open deadline passes.

Woodland, who dropped out of the top 50 last week, still has other ways to earn an invitation to Royal St. George’s, including a mini-money list that began at The Players Championship and runs through the AT&T National; or a top finish at the AT&T National or Scottish Open, which is he scheduled to play.