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Patrick Cantlay gets spot in British Open

Updated: November 30, 2011, 3:51 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay is going to the British Open under a new qualifying category for golf's oldest championship.

The Royal & Ancient said Wednesday that the winner of the McCormack Medal as the No. 1 player in the world amateur golf ranking at the end of the amateur season earns an automatic spot in the British Open. That change is effective for 2012, when the Open will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Cantlay, the low amateur at the U.S. ...

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