2005 US OPEN CHAMPION IN SEARCH OF OPEN PLACE AT LOCAL FINAL QUALIFYING

Celebrating 150 years

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2005 US OPEN CHAMPION IN SEARCH OF OPEN PLACE AT LOCAL FINAL QUALIFYING

28 June 2010, St Andrews, Scotland: 2005 US Open Champion Michael Campbell will tee-off at Kingsbarns Links in an attempt to secure his 16th Open Championship appearance, at Local Final Qualifying (LFQ). LFQ gets underway tomorrow at four courses in Fife, Scotland: the Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews, Kingsbarns Links, Scotscraig Golf Club and Ladybank Golf Club. Three 150th Anniversary Open Championship places are available at each venue.

New Zealand’s Campbell, an eight-time European Tour winner, is the highest-profile of 288 players, who will play 36-holes in one day to determine the 12 who will progress to The Open. Campbell, 41, has a strong record at St Andrews, having tied for third place in 1995 and tied for fifth place in 2005, the last time that golf’s oldest Major was held on the Old Course.

At Scotscraig, eight-time European Tour winner Eduardo Romero of Argentina will go in search of his 18th Open appearance, the 55-year-old having made his most recent appearance at Royal Troon in 2004. The 2002 Scottish Open Champion’s best result at The Open also came at Troon, in 1997, when he finished tied-seventh.

Joining Romero at Scotscraig is 1999 Ryder Cup player Jarmo Sandelin. The Swede, who was the 1995 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year, last contested the Championship a decade ago at the Millennium Open, where he finished tied for 31st place.

A strong Scottish contingent take their places, led by brothers Elliot and Lloyd Saltman, who successfully progressed through LFQ last year before going on to play in the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry. Elliot Saltman will attempt to qualify at Ladybank, while his younger brother will tee-off at Scotscraig. Lloyd Saltman, 24, has fond memories of St Andrews, having earned the Silver Medal for the leading amateur in 2005 after finishing tied-15th.

Three-time Tour winner Andrew Oldcorn will be looking for his 17th Open appearance, at Fairmont St Andrews. The 50-year-old Scot has taken part in 16 Opens to date, with a best result of tied-28th coming at Royal St Georges in 2003.

At Kingsbarns, James Byrne, runner-up at this year’s Amateur Championship, will be looking to secure the Open debut that he so narrowly missed out on at Muirfield little over a week ago. The 21-year-old from Aberdeenshire’s Banchory Golf Club, who studies at Arizona State University, is currently ranked 12th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Other notable Scots in the field include Challenge Tour player Callum Macaulay, Colville Park’s Ross Kellett, and 2009 Scottish Amateur and Scottish Boys Amateur champion David Law.

LFQ gets underway tomorrow at four venues in Fife. 72 players will contest three Open berths at each venue.

The draws for each venue can be found in the qualifying section of Opengolf.com. Live scores and stories will appear on the website throughout the day.

 

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