Shawn Stefani, Charley Hoffman, Ben Martin and Brendan Steele secured the four places on offer in The Open Championship after the final round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressiona

Stefani lost out to Justin Rose on the first hole of a play-off for the tournament but succeeded in qualifying for The Open at Royal Liverpool from July 17 to 20.

A closing one-under-par 70 left him on four-under-par for the tournament and level with Rose, who has already qualified for The Open. It will be the 33-year-old Texan’s first appearance in The Open but his second in a Major Championship after he finished tied 59th in the 2013 US Open at Merion.

Charley Hoffman finished one shot back on three-under-par after a final round 69 which included three birdies on the back nine.

The 37-year-old from San Diego has two wins on the PGA Tour including the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship. He has made one appearance in The Open at Carnoustie in 2007 where he finished tied for 35th.

On the same mark as Hoffman was Ben Martin, the runner-up in the 2009 US Amateur Championship, who came in with a level-par 71 today.

The 26-year-old from South Carolina played in two US Opens and The Masters in 2010 as an amateur but this will be his debut in The Open.

Brendan Steele finished on two-under-par for the tournament and secured the final qualifying place thanks to his higher position in the Official World Golf Ranking than Argentinian Andres Romero with whom he tied. Brendon Todd was also on two-under-par but has already qualified for The Open. Steele, who won the Valero Texas Open in 2011 and went on to finish tied 19th in that year’s USPGA Championship, will be making his debut in The Open.

The next events in The Open Qualifying Series, which comprises 14 events in nine countries on five continents, are the Greenbrier Classic on the US PGA Tour and the Alstom Open de France on the European Tour from July 3 to 6

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