Rose, Watson earn spots in St. Andrews

Updated: July 6, 2010, 8:51 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

Justin Rose's victory at the AT&T National helped him secure one of six spots in next week's Open Championship at St. Andrews, the R&A announced.

Rose and Bubba Watson earned two spots from a mini money list that started with the Players Championship in May and concluded with the five tournaments up to and including the AT&T. The top two players on the six-tournament money list not otherwise exempt earn spots. Watson won the previous tournament, the Travelers Championship.

Ryan Moore, who finished second to Rose at Aronimink, secured another spot for being the highest finisher in the top five not already exempt.

Two Americans, Rickie Fowler and Jeff Overton, also made the field because they are the two highest-ranked players in the world otherwise not exempt. Fowler, 21, is ranked 37th and will make his Open debut. Overton, ranked 62nd, is playing for the third straight time. He tied for 13th last year at Turnberry.

In Europe, Alejandro Canizares, who lost out in a playoff Sunday to countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain at the French Open, earned a spot for being the highest player in the top five not already exempt.

There are two more places available this week at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour and the Scottish Open on the European Tour. The highest player in the top five not already exempt will earn a place at St. Andrews.

Bob Harig is the golf writer for ESPN.com.

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