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Amateur Cameron Smith leads at IFQ Australasia
Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
Amateur Cameron Smith is tied with Stephen Dartnall for the first-round lead at International Final Qualifying at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne. Smith and Dartnall shot 5-under 67 to lead the chase for the three available places in the 142nd Open Championship.

At the conclusion of the 36-hole qualifying tournament, three players will earn a start at The Open.

Smith is fresh off his victory at the Australian Amateur Championship, while Dartnall, who previously did a stint on the Web.com Tour, is aiming to play in his first major championship.

Three fellow Australians sit one shot back of Smith and Dartnall, and six others sit at 3-under par to round out the top 5.

ABOUT THE British Open

The most coveted trophy in the game and one of the most iconic in all of sport: more commonly referred to as the Claret Jug. Within minutes of winning the British Open, the "Champion Golfer of the World" gets his name engraved on that cup, and a place in golfing history.

Amateurs have played an important role in the tournament over the years, with players like Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and more recently Tom Lewis stepping into the international limelight with their golfing performances.

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