Justin Rose and Bernhard Langer both failed to make it through their Open Championship qualifier in America yesterday.
The only Europeans to survive were Langer's fellow German Alex Cejka and the Swedes Daniel Chopra and Wilhelm Schauman.
Rose, fourth in the Open as a 17-year-old amateur in 1998, missed out on a play-off by one shot after a second-round 67, while Langer was two strokes behind. The American Tom Pernice and Australian Geoff Ogilvy led the 14 qualifiers.
Britain's Kenneth Ferrie, 26, clinched the 14th and final Open spot available from the European leg of international qualifying after a five-way playoff at Sunningdale yesterday.
The Englishman holed a 25ft birdie putt at the first extra hole to earn his third Open appearance at the expense of compatriots David Geall and Tom Whitehouse, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and the Frenchman Jean-François Lucquin.
"This feels really good," Ferrie said. "When it comes down to five guys fighting for just one spot, you need a bit of luck - a long putt or something like that.
"I played the two rounds yesterday really well and must have had eight or nine putts from the same sort of distance. Not all of them went in, a few lipped out, but I've been reading the pace of these greens very well."
Stenson, bidding to qualify for his second Open, missed his birdie attempt from just six feet.
Geall and Whitehouse bogeyed the par-four opening hole on Sunningdale's New Course while Lucquin ran up a double-bogey six.
The quintet finished with a four-under-par 136 in the 36-hole qualifier on Monday with fading light postponingthe play-off.
Ferrie, who tied for 42nd at Royal Troon last year, said: "This is the pinnacle, this is the one everyone wants to play in."
A field of 120 had teed off seeking a place in the year's third major championship.
The Britons Ian Woosnam, Peter Baker, Andrew Oldcorn, Alastair Forsyth, Simon Dyson, John Bickerton, Simon Khan, Robert Coles, Andrew Butterfield and Robert Rock, Irishman Peter Lawrie, Australia's Marcus Fraser and Swede Patrick Sjoland have booked their berths.