Teater, Villegas among those who qualify for British Open at MuirfieldMay 21, 2013
By Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR
PLANO, Texas – Josh Teater, a 34-year-old American, shot a 7-under 133 to win International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for The 142nd Open Championship today at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas.
The 6905-yard, par 70 Queens Course at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas hosted the event to determine eight qualifiers from the 78 who began the day. The top eight advance to the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on 18-21 July 2013.
Teater, who has never competed in a major championship, has 107 starts on the PGA TOUR.
“I am really looking forward to playing in my first Open Championship,” said Teater. “You always want to get off to a quick start in these qualifiers, but I went out and bogeyed my first hole of the day. I think that may have been good for me because I was able to refocus.”
The players battled tough conditions all day with winds blowing from the South at 20-25 mph, gusting to 35 mph.
American Johnson Wagner and Colombian Camilo Villegas each shot a 6-under 134 to finish T2.
Wagner, who has three wins on the PGA TOUR, earns his second career trip to the Open Championship. He missed the cut last year at Royal Lytham. Villegas, who did not compete in a major championship in 2012, will be making his fifth start in the Open Championship and 22nd overall start in a major. Villegas has three wins on the PGA TOUR.
Scott Brown from Augusta, Ga., and England’s Brian Davis finished T4 at 5-under 135 to earn a spot in the Open Championship field.
Brian Davis shot rounds of 66-69 to earn a trip to the Open Championship for the first time since missing the cut in 2011. Davis has played in the Open Championship eight times in his career with a best finish of T6 in 2003. He birdied his last hole (No. 18) of the day to miss the playoff by one shot.
Brown, who turns 30 on Wednesday, made a pair of eagles in round two by holing out with a pitching wedge on the par-4 5th hole and then sinking a 20-foot putt on the par-5 10th hole.
“I’m usually not a good at qualifiers to be honest,” said Brown, who picked up his first PGA TOUR win this year at the Puerto Rico Open. “I am really excited to earn a spot in my first major. I played the World Junior Cup at St. Andrews years ago so I have some experience playing in Scotland.”
Luke Guthrie, Bud Cauley and Robert Karlsson were the last three qualifiers after advancing via a playoff between four golfers. All three golfers made par on the first playoff hole, the par-3 17th hole. Andres Echvarria from Colombia failed to advance out of the playoff after making a bogey-4 on the first playoff hole.
Guthrie, a 23 year-old American, who has 19 career starts on the PGA TOUR, has never played in a major championship.
Cauley, who hails from Jacksonville, Fla., turned 23 in March and will be making his first start in the Open Championship. He has two previous starts in a major, including the 2012 PGA Championship (MC) and 2011 U.S. Open (T63).
Karlsson, a Ryder Cup veteran from Sweden, is looking to make his 16th career start in the Open Championship.
Davis Love III, who has made 26 consecutive starts at the British Open dating back to 1987, shot a 2-over 142 and failed to qualify.
This is the 10th time the Open qualifying tournament has been held in the United States although this is the fifth in Texas.