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Compton to make Open debut

US Open runner-up Erik Compton has secured a place in the field for the Open Championship at Hoylake in a fortnight’s time.

The American, famous for undergoing two heart transplants, was competing in only the second major of his career at Pinehurst last month.

But the 34-year-old defied expectations to finish in a tie for second alongside Rickie Fowler, although both were eight shots adrift of runaway champion Martin Kaymer.

Compton will now make his Open debut at Royal Liverpool as he was one of the 10 highest-ranked non-exempt players in the world rankings at the end of last week.

He will be joined at Hoylake by Kevin Stadler, JB Holmes, KJ Choi, Charles Howell, Brooks Koepka, Chesson Hadley, Freddie Jacobson, Anirban Lahiri and Scott Stallings.

There are still 13 places up for grabs at the Open, with four berths on offer at this week's Greenbrier Classic and a further three at the French Open.

The leading three non-exempt players in next week's Scottish Open will also qualify, with one more place available at the John Deere Classic in Illinois.

Don't miss the French Open and Greenbrier Classic this week. Live coverage from Paris starts Thursday at 9.30am on Sky Sports 4, with action from West Virginia beginning at 8pm.