Markus Brier qualifies for British Open

LITTLESTONE, England -- Austria's Markus Brier has joined 11 British players in booking their places in the British Open through final qualifying.

Brier, a two-time winner on the European Tour, came through a five-man playoff on the Littlestone course on Wednesday to qualify for the third major of the year at Royal St. George's from July 14-17.

The 42-year-old Brier, who has slipped to No. 312 in the rankings, says he "had a bit of a bad run in recent times" but is looking forward to playing at Royal St. George's.

London-born Mark Laskey overcame Dutchman Inder Van Weerelt in a playoff at Rye. English pair Andrew Johnston and Simon Lilly progressed after a four-man playoff at Royal Cinque Ports.