A dozen, including 52-year-old Lane, qualify for Open Championship
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A dozen, including 52-year-old Lane, qualify for Open Championship

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At four sites in England on Tuesday, 12 players earned spots through 36-hole local final qualifying tournaments into the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in two weeks.


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At St. Annes Old Links, Paul Broadhurst was medalist at 7 under. Barry Lane, the 52-year-old Englishman, tied for second with Argentine Rafael Echenique for the final two spots.

Dale Whitnell won the Hillside GC qualifier at 9 under par. Warren Bennett and Steve Tiley also qualified.

Kiwi Steven Alker earn a British Open spot as medalist at 7 under t West Lancashire GC. A four-for-two playoff ensued with Americans Scott Pinckney and Marty Jertson, as well as Steven O'Hara and amateur Richard Bentham. Pinckney and O'Hara emerged, gaining the final two spots from that site.

The final spots were decided at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club. Dane Morten Orum Madsen won the qualifier at 8 under par. A three-man playoff for two spots then took place between Chris Doak, Ian Keenan and Elliot Saltman. Saltman and Keenan were the last two players of the day to earn spots into the Lytham field.

Among the notables that failed to qualify, Peter Uihlein and Nick Dougherty fell short at Southport and Ainsdale, Patrick Rodgers and Chris Wood didn't get through at St. Annes and 2005 U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell came up shot at West Lancashire.

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