Vijay handed Open ticket

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Vijay Singh is one of five players whose world rankings this week have earned them a place in The 140th Open.

Vijay Singh is one of five players whose world rankings this week have earned them a place in The 140th Open in a fortnight’s time.

The Fijian veteran tied for second behind Ben Curtis the last time the tournament was played at Royal St George’s in Sandwich in 2003, but the 48-year-old will have to overcome a back problem if he is to tee up in Kent after being forced to pull out of last week’s AT&T National.

The other four players handed an Open ticket on Monday are Americans Webb Simpson, JB Holmes and Steve Marino and Yuta Ikeda of Japan.

The tee-off spots became available because:

– First the winners of this season’s big events – Rory McIlroy (US Open), Charl Schwartzel (The Masters), KJ Choi (Players Championship) and Luke Donald (BMW PGA Championship) – were already exempt through their victories and came off the rankings list.

– and secondly, former champions Sir Nick Faldo and Greg Norman both decided not to play.

Australian Brendan Jones is now first reserve and will be keenly waiting for news on Tiger Woods’ fitness.

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