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Michael Wright tops Australian Open qualifying

Queensland professional Michael Wright has earned his place in this year's British Open at Royal Liverpool by winning the qualifying event at Kingston Heath on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old fired a second round 66 (six-under) to post a nine-under total over 36 holes to lead the 53-player field.

Wright, a winner of two events on the Von Nida Tour in Australia, is excited to get a start in what will be his first major.

"I'm rapt! It hasn't quite sunk in yet. But I'm going for the Liverpool double now one in Sydney and the other at Hoylake," Wright grinned, in reference to having already won an event at the Liverpool golf club in NSW.

"The whole idea of being able to qualify at home in Australia sets up perfectly for me. There's no way I could have afforded to go over and qualify the old way over there. It is far too expensive probably in excess of $10,000 on the off chance you might make it.

"I'm looking forward to my first Major."

Victorian professionals Bradley Hughes and Ben Bunny have also qualified after shooting six under, and the final spot on offer went to South Australian Adam Bland.

Bland shares Wright's thoughts, and believes that it is a great concept that Australasian players now have a chance to qualify for The Open on home soil.

February 1, 2006


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