SCOTLAND’S LAIRD BOOKS TICKET HOME AS EIGHT MORE SECURE OPEN APPEARANCES

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SCOTLAND’S LAIRD BOOKS TICKET HOME AS EIGHT MORE SECURE OPEN APPEARANCES

25 May 2010, Plano, Texas, USA: Scotland’s highest-ranked player, Martin Laird, has successfully qualified for the 150th Anniversary Open Championship through International Final Qualifying – America. The 27-year-old, who made his Open Championship debut on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry last year, posted an eight-under-par, 36-hole total of 131 to take one of eight places available yesterday at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas.

The Glaswegian followed an opening round of 69, one under par, with a seven-under-par 63, the joint-best round of the day, around Gleneagles’ 6856-yard Queens Course to ensure his place on the Old Course.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Laird, whose second round began with an outward 29, six under par. “My parents live 15 miles away from St Andrews so I will stay there all week. St Andrews: that’s the place I always wanted to play as a kid.”

Leading the qualifiers was Tim Petrovic, who shot rounds of 64 and 65 for an 11-under-par 129. He will now look forward to making his fourth Open appearance, having first played at Muirfield in 2002, again at St Andrews in 2005 and, most recently, in 2008 at Royal Birkdale.

Bo Van Pelt signed for back-to-back, five-under-par 65s to finish one stroke behind Petrovic on 10 under. The 35-year-old from Indiana will return to The Open for the first time since competing at Royal Liverpool in 2006, his other two appearances coming at Royal Troon in 2004 and at St Andrews in 2005.

“I drove it pretty well, which kind of set up everything and I just took advantage of those short holes,” said Van Pelt. “I took advantage of the holes you could get at, then the tough holes just made pars on.

“I’ve played in three before. It has been a couple of years. It’s probably the biggest tournament in the world, so those are the ones you want to play in. Every guy that came here today obviously wanted to get in, so it’s exciting to get there.”

DA Points, who led the field after a round-one 63, was a further stroke behind Petrovic on a nine-under-par total of 131, comfortably qualifying for his first Open Championship.

“Qualifying means a lot,” said Points. “I’ve never played in an Open and I’ve never played at St Andrews.

“Today was the best golf I’ve probably played in 2010. I drove it pretty well, I hit some decent iron shots, putted really well and managed my game well. Even when I missed the green, I chipped it real close. So it was just a good day.”

The remaining four players that clinched one of the eight Open places available were Tom Pernice Jr, Glen Day, George McNeill and Australia’s Cameron Percy.

Percy defeated Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman on the third play-off hole with a birdie-three. All three were battling for the one remaining berth on offer.

Davis Love III’s streak of 23 consecutive starts at The Open dating back to 1987 is in danger as he missed out at qualifying. There are, however, three routes available through which Love could still qualify.

Full hole-by-hole scores can be found on opengolf.com.

Results

Name

Country

Round 1

Round 2

Total

Status

USA

64

65

129

Qualified

Bo Van Pelt

USA

65

65

130

Qualified

DA Points

USA

63

68

131

Qualified

Martin Laird

Scotland

69

63

132

Qualified

Tom Pernice Jr

USA

64

69

133

Qualified

Glen Day

USA

67

67

134

Qualified

George McNeill

USA

68

66

134

Qualified

Charley Hoffman

USA

66

69

135

 

Cameron Percy

Australia

68

67

135

Qualified

Bubba Watson

USA

70

65

135

 

Manuel Villegas

Colombia

69

67

136

 

Roland Thatcher

USA

66

70

136

 

Brandt Snedeker

USA

71

65

136

 

Jeff Gove

USA

69

67

136

 

Bryce Molder

USA

69

68

137

 

Rory Sabbatini

South Africa

70

67

137

 

Harrison Frazar

USA

70

67

137

 

Woody Austin

USA

66

71

137

 

Nathan Smith

USA

68

69

137

 

Nathan Green

Australia

69

68

137

 

Johnson Wagner

USA

70

67

137

 

Ricky Barnes

USA

68

69

137

 

Kevin Stadler

USA

70

67

137

 

Jonathan Byrd

USA

68

69

137

 

Jeff Overton

USA

69

69

138

 

John Rollins

USA

71

67

138

 

Omar Uresti

USA

69

69

138

 

Cameron Tringale

USA

68

70

138

 

Brendon De Jonge

Zimbabwe

71

67

138

 

Ryan Moore

USA

68

71

139

 

Chad Campbell

USA

73

66

139

 

Rich Barcelo

USA

71

68

139

 

Chad Collins

USA

70

69

139

 

Troy Matteson

USA

68

71

139

 

Cameron Beckman

USA

67

72

139

 

Davis Love III

USA

71

69

140

 

Derek Lamely

USA

67

73

140

 

Andres Romero

Argentina

71

69

140

 

Aaron Baddeley

Australia

66

74

140

 

Fredrik Jacobson

Sweden

70

70

140

 

Boo Weekley

USA

67

73

140

 

DJ Trahan

USA

68

73

141

 

James Driscoll

USA

75

66

141

 

Tim Wilkinson

New Zealand

73

68

141

 

Stephen Ames

Canada

71

70

141

 

Stuart Appleby

Australia

70

71

141

 

Brian Davis

England

73

68

141

 

Paul Goydos

USA

72

69

141

 

JJ Killeen

USA

71

70

141

 

Andy Matthews

USA

68

74

142

 

Bob Estes

USA

71

72

143

 

Rickie Fowler

USA

71

72

143

 

David Schultz

USA

72

71

143

 

Graham Delaet

Canada

71

72

143

 

Josh Teater

USA

70

73

143

 

Ryan Palmer

USA

71

72

143

 

Brad Adamonis

USA

71

73

144

 

Lucas Lee

Brazil

71

75

146

 

Troy Merritt

USA

72

74

146

 

Leif Olson

USA

75

73

148

 

Mathias Gronberg

Sweden

67

NR

NR

 

Arjun Atwal

India

68

NR

NR

 

John Merrick

USA

71

NR

NR

 

Steven Wheatcroft

USA

71

NR

NR

 

Daniel Chopra

Sweden

72

NR

NR

 

Scott Hend

Australia

NR

NR

NR

 

Alex Cejka

Germany

71

Scr

Scr

 

Jeev Milkha Singh

India

72

Scr

Scr

 

Robert Garrigus

USA

72

Scr

Scr

 

Scott Piercy

USA

72

Scr

Scr

 

Kevin Streelman

USA

72

Scr

Scr

 

Will MacKenzie

USA

73

Scr

Scr

 

Chris Tidland

USA

73

Scr

Scr

 

Tim Herron

USA

73

Scr

Scr

 

Kevin Chappell

USA

74

Scr

Scr

 

Webb Simpson

USA

75

Scr

Scr

 

Nicholas Thompson

USA

76

Scr

Scr

 

Rod Pampling

Australia

75

Disq

Disq

 

ENDS

Note to Editors

IFQ
International Final Qualifying (IFQ) events for The Open Championship were introduced in 2004 and are held on five continents to give more players from around the world the chance to gain direct entry into golf's oldest championship.

IFQ for the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews:

IFQ - Australasia: Kingston Heath, Melbourne, Australia, 14 & 15 January
IFQ - Africa: Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, South Africa, 20 & 21 January
IFQ - Asia: Saujana Golf and Country Club, Malaysia, 10 & 11 March
IFQ - America: Gleneagles, Plano, Texas, USA, 24 May
IFQ - Europe: Sunningdale, Berkshire, England, 7 June

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