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Former runners up miss at Open qualifying

Former runners-up Thomas Bjorn and Thomas Levet missed out on places in this year’s British Open after Monday’s European qualifying tournament at Sunningdale.

Dane Bjorn, joint second behind Tiger Woods at St Andrews in 2000, failed to make a playoff for the remaining slots by a shot.

Frenchman Levet, who lost out to Ernie Els in a playoff in 2002, had a day to forget as he finished seven shots off the pace and was then disqualified for signing for the wrong score.

With 10 places available for next month’s major at Turnberry, England’s Graeme Storm and Argentina’s Rafa Echenique were the best qualifiers from the 36-hole event, with Storm setting a record for Sunningdale’s New Course with an 8-under par 62 in his morning. Both men were 10-under for their two rounds.

Scot David Drysdale also qualified, helped to his first appearance in the Open by a hole in one at the 217-yard 10th hole of the New Course.

Compatriot Gary Orr, South African Branden Grace, Welshman Rhys Davies, England’s Paul Broadhurst and Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin also qualified.

Oliver Fisher of England and Scot Richard Ramsay took the last two slots at the July 16-19 event via a playoff.


June 9, 2009

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