Stefani loses playoff, but gets into British Open

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm •  Published: June 29, 2014
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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Shawn Stefani's consolation prize for losing a playoff was a chance to play in his first British Open.

Stefani, Charley Hoffman, Ben Martin and Brendan Steele qualified for the major next month at Royal Liverpool based on their placements Sunday at the Quicken Loans National.

The spots went to the top four finishers who hadn't already qualified. Stefani lost a playoff to Justin Rose to claim second, while Hoffman and Martin tied for third. Steele and Andres Romero tied for fifth, but Steele got the spot based on his higher world ranking.

Steele could've made it much easier on himself. He was in contention to win the tournament until he put his approach in the water at No. 18. He then two-putted from 28 feet for a double bogey.

He and Martin also will be making their first British Open appearances. Hoffman will be going for the fourth time; he's made the cut once.

"That was something that crossed my mind throughout the week, a little bit," Martin said after his closing 71. "I tried not to really think about it. I've never played a British Open, British Am, anything. I'm pretty excited to be finally heading over there."

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REED'S MELTDOWN: With Tiger Woods not making the cut, it was left to Patrick Reed to sport the Sunday red shirt in the final group with a chance to take home the trophy.

He didn't wear it well.

Reed's tee shot at the par-3 10th didn't land anywhere close to dry land, and his second shot at No. 11 went into a creek. That gave him back-to-back double bogeys on the way to a 77, dropping him to even par for the tournament and a tie for 11th.

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