Simpson among 5 alternates who can play British

Webb Simpson, J.B. Holmes and Steve Marino are among five

alternates who can book a trip to the British Open.

Tournament organizers set aside five extra spots to make sure

they didn’t go over the 156-man limit for the field at Royal St.

George’s next week. Now that there are only two exemptions

remaining – one each at the Scottish Open and John Deere Classic –

they have offered spots to five alternates.

The alternate list is determined by this week’s world


Simpson is the highest-ranked player (No. 54) not already

exempt. The other alternates behind him are Holmes, Vijay Singh,

Marino and Yuta Ikeda of Japan. Singh’s status is uncertain, as he

withdrew from the AT&T National with a back injury despite

being in contention.