It wasn’t pretty, but Charlestown’s Andrew Dodt did just enough to earn a place in his first major when he battled to a tie for fourth at the Scottish Open.
Dodt sank a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th at Dundonald Links on Monday to grab the last qualifying spot in the British Open this week at Royal Birkdale.
The 31-year-old, who grew up in Queensland but is now based in Newcastle, started the final round in a share of the lead and was ahead by two shots at one point despite some wayward driving.
He dropped out of contention on the back nine, carding a one-over-par 73 to finish eight under, but that was good enough for fourth with New Zealand's Ryan Fox, Anthony Wall, former British Open winner Padraig Harrington and Matt Kuchar.
Three Open spots were up for grabs in Scotland, and world No.193 Dodt claimed the final place by virtue of being the highest-ranked player of that quintet who had not already qualified.
“I'm over the moon,” Dodt told AAP. “It's been a big goal of mine to play my first major, and it's great news.
“I found myself a little bit mentally fatigued on the back nine. I had to dig as deep as I could down the stretch.”
Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello beat Englishman Callum Shinkwin in a play-off to win the $US7million event.
Dodt will be the second Hunter golfer to appear in a major this year after Texas-based Nick Flanagan qualified for the US Open at Erin Hills last month. He joins 10 other Australians at Birkdale, including Jason Day and Adam Scott.
He had been scheduled to fly to New York on Monday for a holiday with his wife but instead will be teeing it up at the Merseyside club.
“I'm absolutely pumped to be playing in my first major,” he said. “It's taken a while, but I finally got there.
“Qualifying for the Open has been a motivation for the last six months.
“I'm prepared for playing links golf. It was nice to have the Irish Open last week and then the Scottish Open.
“I played Royal Birkdale about 10 years ago. I don't remember much, but we’ll get out there tomorrow and do our homework.”
Muree’s David Croul and Peter Botha won the Newcastle qualifier of the Golf NSW Men’s Four-ball Championship on Sunday at Tanilba Bay from Newcastle’s Ed Clode and NDGA treasurer Philip Davies.
Croul and Botha will now play in the state final at Bonville from October 3 to 6.
Sunday’s event attracted 50 players, significantly more than in recent times, and the NDGA plans to make the qualifier a four-ball district championship from next year.
The Men of League Foundation will hold a golf day on Sunday, August 6, at Nelson Bay. The event and a dinner the night before are open to the public. Call Nelson Bay Golf Club for tickets.
The Vintage golfer Dylan Perry finished in a tie for 61st at the Trans Miss Amateur at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Kansas last week.
Perry shot 74-74-75 in a tournament cut short by a wild storm and now heads to the Southern Amateur Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina this week.