Brian Davis qualifies for Open Championship at Muirfield

Brian Davis

Brian Davis booked a place in the Open Championship at Muirfield in July after finishing joint fourth in the American leg of International Final Qualifying.

The 38-year-old Englishman secured one of eight spots available after 36 holes at Gleneagles Country Club in Texas.

Davis, the world number 149, finished five-under but former Masters champion Trevor Immelman missed out on plus one.

Former US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, who has played in 26 successive Opens, also failed to qualify.

Love III, 49, who carded rounds of 70 and 72, to finish on two-over, said: "There are still some chances for me to get in the Open. I want that streak to continue. I want to keep playing."

Davis first played in the Open at Royal Birkdale in 1998 and was joint sixth at Sandwich in 2003, but has missed the cut in five of his seven appearances.

Love III has had six top-10 finishes in the Championship with a best of joint fourth, also at Sandwich in 2003.

American Josh Teater qualified for his first major after rounds of 64 and 69 at the par-70 Gleneagles Country Club Queens Course in Plano.

Compatriot Johnson Wagner and Colombian Camilo Villegas also went through after finishing one shot further back, with Davis and Scott Brown on 135.

There was a four-man play-off for the final three spots between Americans Bud Cauley, Luke Guthrie, Colombia's Andres Echavarria and Sweden's Robert Karlsson, who all finished at 136.

Echavarria was eliminated with a bogey four on the first play-off hole while the others made par.

The Open returns to Muirfield this year for the first time since 2002 and will be held from 18-21 July.

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