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Experienced David Frost won the South African leg of qualifying for the British Open despite shooting a four-over 76 at the Atlantic Beach Golf Course on Friday.

The 45-year-old Frost, who carded a course-record seven-under-par 65 in the first round, completed the 36-hole event in three-under 141 and earned the first of three places for the 134th Open, which takes place at St Andrews in July.

Switzerland's Andre Bossert and Scotland's Doug McGuigan took the other two places.

The pair contested a three-way play-off with South African Tjaart van der Walt after finishing the regulation 36 holes in two-under 142.

The wind gusted at near gale-force strength making play extremely difficult for the 32 competitors at the tight layout on the outskirts of Cape Town.

"At least at St Andrews the fairways are much wider," Frost, who played his last British Open at St Andrews in 2000, said. "It's great to be able to plan my year knowing that I'm going to the Open.

"It's a fantastic feeling winning here because you never become too good for the game of golf."

This is the first of five international qualifying tournaments, which were introduced by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 2004 to make it more convenient and less expensive for overseas-based players to qualify for the world's oldest major championship.

 

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