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Pernice & Ogilvy lead US Open Qualifying

American Tom Pernice Jr fired a course record eight-under 64 to help secure a spot in the 134th British Open in an international qualifying event at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey on Monday.

The 45-year-old opened with the record in the morning then followed it up with a 70 in the afternoon to post a 36-hole total of 10-under 134 alongside Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who returned identical rounds of 67.

Pernice will be making his second trip to the British Open and will be hoping to fare better than his previous visit in 1993 when he finished in a tie for 66th.

The two players led 14 qualifiers who earned coveted berths in the year's third major at St Andrews from July 14-17.

Americans Jason Allred, Joe Durant, Duffy Waldorf, Scott Gutschewski and Germany's Alex Cejka all finished a stroke back on nine-under 135.

Another American Tom Byrum was alone at 136 with Sweden's Daniel Chopra, Australians Robert Allenby and Scott Hend and Bo Van Pelt of the U.S. one shot further adrift on 137.

Sweden's Wilhelm Schauman and American Richard Barcelo will also make the trip to St Andrews, securing the final two spots by winning the first hole of a seven-man playoff.

Former major winners, Americans Corey Pavin, Bob Tway, Larry Mize, Lee Janzen, Tom Kite, Steve Elkington of Australia and Bernhard Langer of Germany all failed to qualify for the world's oldest major championship.


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