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Australian Percy qualifies for British Open after playoff

DALLAS (Reuters) - Cameron Percy of Australia beat Americans Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman in a three-hole playoff on Monday to claim the eighth and final U.S. qualifying berth for the British Open.

American Tim Petrovic, with rounds of 64 and 65, led the way with a combined 11-under-par at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano.

"I can't wait to go back," Petrovic told reporters. "I've missed the 36-hole cut the last three times, but I've learned a lot."

Bo Van Pelt was a shot behind with a combined 130, followed by fellow-American D.A. Points, Briton Martin Laird and Americans Tom Pernice Jr., George McNeill and Glen Day in qualifying for the July 15-18 British Open at St. Andrews.

Among notable players failing to qualify was Rory Sabbatini of South Africa, Australian Aaron Baddeley and U.S. veteran Davis Love III.

(Writing by Larry Fine, Editing by Peter Rutherford)