Rookie earns British Open berth

Updated: May 25, 2010, 3:23 PM ET
By Josh Davis | ESPNDallas.com

PLANO, Texas -- After 36 holes of regulation, rookie Cameron Percy won a three-hole playoff Monday to claim the final British Open berth from a qualifier at Gleneagles Country Club.

Tim Petrovic shot a 6-under 64 and 5-under 65 to lead a group of eight qualifiers.

Bo Van Pelt, D.A. Points, Martin Laird, Tom Pernice Jr., George McNeill and Glen Day also qualified for the British Open at St. Andrews in July.

Stuart Appleby, Rickie Fowler, Davis Love III, Jeff Overton, Rory Sabbatini and Bubba Watson were among notables who didn't make the cut.

Percy eliminated Watson along with Charley Hoffman in the playoff for the final spot.

Van Pelt finished at 10 under, one shot behind Petrovic, and Points finished third at 9 under to qualify for what will be his first British Open.

"It was the best golf I've probably played in 2010," Points said. "I drove it pretty well, I hit some decent iron shots, putted really well and managed my game well."

This year, Van Pelt has appeared in 14 events, making 11 cuts, and has had three top-10 finishes. He said he was excited to get another chance to play at St. Andrews.

"I've played in three [British Opens] before, but it has been a couple of years," Van Pelt said. "It's probably the biggest tournament in the world, so those are the ones you want to play in."

After birdies on his first four holes of the second round, Petrovic bogeyed his 13th and 15th holes (his only bogeys of the day), but came right back after each to birdie 14 and 16.

"I can't wait to go back," Petrovic said. "I've missed the 36-hole cut the last three times, but I've learned a lot."

Josh Davis is an ESPNDallas.com intern and a writer for TCU's student newspaper, the Daily Skiff.

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