Petrovic, Van Pelt earn British Open spots

Bo Van Pelt was among eight PGA Tour players who qualified

Monday for the British Open, the major he missed last year while

winning his only PGA Tour title.

Tim Petrovic had an 11-under 129 at Gleneagle Country Club to

lead the eight qualifiers at Gleneagles Country Club. He was one

shot ahead of Van Pelt, who won the U.S. Bank Championship in

Milwaukee last year when it was held the same week as the British

Open.

The British Open will be played July 15-18 at St. Andrews.

Others who qualified were D.A. Points, Martin Laird of Scotland,

50-year-old Tom Pernice Jr., Glen Day, George McNeill and Cameron

Percy of Australia, who earned the last spot in a three-way playoff

with Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman.

Laird made his British Open debut last year at Turnberry,

missing the cut. He left Scotland to attend college at Colorado

State and never left America. His parents live about 15 minutes

from St. Andrews.

“The Open at St. Andrews, it doesn’t get any better than

that,” an emotional Laird said. “I had this qualifier circled on

my calendar for a long time. I will be able to stay with my parents

at home. There is nothing like it.”

Among those who failed to qualify was Rickie Fowler, Stuart

Appleby, Davis Love III and Rory Sabbatini. Love has played every

British Open since 1987, while Appleby has played every Open since

1997.

They still can qualify by being among the top players at the

AT&T National and John Deere Classic, or through a special

money list.