News & ToursJuly 3, 2007

Open Qualifying's Replay Debacle

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Some players, like Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez who had five-putted first time around, improved their score the second time. But Sweden's Fredrik Anderson Hed, who parred the hole on his first attempt, double-bogeyed it on his second try to change a 66 to a 68. (That's the Swede in the photo being carted back to the fourth.)

"I wouldn't have played the fourth again given the chance, but we were told we had to," said the Swede, who was the only one of the eight to finish in the top 16 and qualify for the Open.

Martin Kippax, chairman of the R&A's championship committee took full responsibility for the debacle. He was standing right there when Brett Rumford hit a tee shot to two feet, missed the birdie putt and faced a 35-foot comebacker for par. He missed that one, too.

Click here for a complete list of qualifying scores.

There was another 36-hole qualifier for the British Open played Monday at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, where Charley Hoffman, Jerry Kelly, Ryan Moore and Duffy Waldorf were among the 12 who qualified. Camilo Villegas and Rocco Mediate missed a playoff by one shot, and Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon, Jesper Parnevik, Tom Pernice and JB Holmes also failed to qualify. Will MacKenzie was one under with two holes to play and easily inside the number to qualify for his first major, but he double-bogeyed the last two holes to miss the playoff by two shots.

-- Craig Bestrom

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