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May 22 2012

2:27 AM

English sets record in British qualifier

PGA TOUR rookie Harris English led the list of eight players who qualified Monday for this year's British Open. He also set a course record in the process.

The qualifier, the only one held in the United States, took place Monday at Gleneagles Country Club in the Dallas suburb of Plano. As in previous years, it comes in between the PGA TOUR's two tournaments in the North Texas area, last week's HP Byron Nelson Championship and this week's Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

English opened the 36-hole qualifier with a course-record 10-under 60 in the first round, with a string of six consecutive birdies at one point. He followed with a bogey-free 63 in the second round for a two-round total of 17 under. That was three shots better than Greg Owen.

Besides English and Owen, the other six qualifiers are Stephen Ames, Andres Romero, Justin Hicks, Bob Estes, Daniel Chopra and James Driscoll.

Another PGA TOUR rookie, Russell Knox, was tied with Estes, Chopra and Driscoll at 9 under but was the odd man out in the four-man playoff.

QUALIFIERS FOR BRITISH OPEN

Pos Player Country Round 1 Round 2 Score
1 Harris English USA 60 63 17 under
2 Greg Owen England 66 61 13 under
T3 Stephen Ames Canada 69 61 10 under
T3 Andres Romero Argentina 67 63 10 under
T3 Justin Hicks USA 67 63 10 under
T6 Bob Estes USA 66 65 9 under
T6 Daniel Chopra Sweden 64 67 9 under
T6 James Driscoll USA 66 65 9 under
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