29 Apr '13, 11pm

British Open at Muirfield to have fewer exemptions, lengthened layout:

MUIRFIELD, Scotland – British Open organizers have reduced the number of exemptions into this year's event at Muirfield after almost having too many players last year at Royal Lytham. Four changes have been made to the qualifying criteria, with the most significant involving the Scottish Open and French Open leading up to the British Open and the European qualifier at Sunningdale. "Last year at Lytham we were given something of a fright because the way the exemptions fell at one point we had 161 competitors, but because of scratching and injuries we got back down to our usual field of 156," said R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson. "That has caused us to look at our exemptions and cut them back this year because we wanted to maintain the number of qualifying places through international qualifying and local qualifying that we had committed to. "In recent years, we've given a ...

Full article: http://www.pga.com/news/european-tour/british-open-muirfi...

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