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3 amateurs qualify for British Open Championship
31 Jan 2013
by Golfweek

see also: British Open Championship, Royal Birkdale Golf Club

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New Zealand’s Mark Brown, and Australians Steve Jeffress and Stephen Dartnall qualified for the Open Championship at Muirfield through International Final Qualifying.

Brown, who started the day five shots off the pace, shot a course-record, 10-under 62 at Kingston Heath Golf Club. He produced an eagle and eight birdies to secure the first qualifying spot at golf’s oldest major championship.

This will be Brown’s second start at the Open, while Jeffress and Dartnell will be heading to their first major championship.

Overnight co-leader Cameron Smith, an amateur, was one of five players to finish one shot out of the top three spots at 7-under par.

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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