Stefani Loses Playoff But Gets Into Open
By Torleif Sorenson on 7/1/14
On Monday, we told you about Shawn Stefani, who lost the Quicken Loans National to Justin Rose in a playoff. He may have missed out on a two-year exemption, guaranteed entrance into a bunch of important tournaments, and a juicy paycheck, but his consolation prize isn't half bad:

Shawn Stefani got into the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. It will only the second appearance for the 32-year-old Texan in a major championship; he finished T-59 at Merion last year.
"I have never been across the pond to play in Europe, so I am really looking forward to it. It is going to be a great experience to play for the first time in The Open Championship. I was just trying to play well and playing well here has put me in the Championship. Now, I can put my focus on The Open, which is going to be so huge for me. I will take a lot away from it."
Four qualifying spots for the Open were up for grabs at the PGA Tour's Washington DC stop. The other three who got their ticket to ride:
  1. Brendan Steele, a 31-year-old Californian whose only victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2011 Valero Texas Open. By virtue of his position on the Official World Golf Ranking, Steele got in just ahead of Argentinian pro Andrés Romero.
    "I'm very disappointed to have finished the Quicken Loans National the way I did today, but the silver lining is that I earned my way into The Open Championship in two weeks. It should be a great experience. I have played over there a little bit and am really looking for to competing in this year's Open Championship.”

  2. Charley Hoffman, a two-time PGA Tour winner from 2007 and 2010. In his three appearances at the Open Championship, his best finish was T-35 at Carnoustie in 2007.

  3. Ben Martin will make his Open Championship debut, as well as his debut as a professional in the majors. The 26-year-old South Carolinian played in the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Opens and the 2010 Masters as an amateur, in part by winning the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship.
    "I have never played over there in The Open or the Amateur Championship, so it will be a new experience for me and a learning experience. I didn't have it on my schedule yesterday, but it is on my schedule now.

    "I am very excited, because I have never played golf further east than the East Coast of the United States. It is something that I knew would happen in my career eventually, so I am excited that it is going to be in two weeks. Hopefully this is just the first of many Open Championships for me."

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