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Graeme McDowell tops Open qualification

Graeme McDowell led the way in 36-hole international final qualifying for the British Open at a wet and windy Sunningdale on Monday.

The 27-year-old from Northern Ireland fired rounds of 67 and 64 to finish with a nine-under-par tally of 131, two shots better than Swede Peter Hanson, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and Briton Nick Dougherty.

"I think I have the right mind-set for these qualifiers," McDowell told reporters. "Some of the guys go out and try to play very aggressively, I play very conservatively.

"I try and take my birdie chances when I get them. You need a lot of mental stamina to get through these 36-holers and I feel like I'm in the top 25 percent in mental stamina."

Ross Fisher of Britain finished alone in fifth spot on 134 while sixth place was shared by his fellow countrymen Benn Barham, Oliver Wilson and Alastair Forsyth and Frenchman Gregory Bourdy.

The list of 16 qualifiers was completed on four-under 136 by Swedes Fredrik Hed Andersson and Mattias Eliasson, Italy's Francesco Molinari, Britons Mark Foster and Peter Baker, David Frost of South Africa and Jose-Filipe Lima of Portugal.

Among those to miss out was former European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam (140).

The British Open will be held at the Scottish course of Carnoustie from July 19-22.


July 3, 2007

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