The South African clinched his spot at Woburn yesterday.


Retief Goosen is one of 12 players to have confirmed their places at the Open after coming through qualifying yesterday.

The South African finished T4 at the BMW International Open on Sunday but still made it to Woburn in order to qualify for this year’s third major at St Andrews.

Goosen birdied on a play-off hole to ensure his place in Scotland, with Robert Dinwiddie and Paul Dunne also qualifying at Woburn.

Dunne, 22, won at this stage for the second year running and finished his two rounds with a score of 9 under.

Englishman Dinwiddie earned second place and with it the chance to make his first Open appearance.

Dunne told the Open website: “Last year was a bit more of a shock because I had no expectations.

“It’s not really sunk in yet, but going to St Andrews will be ultra special, probably the biggest week of my life.”


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Robert Rock missed out on a play-off spot by one shot, with Colin Montgomerie and Tomasz Anderson both finishing further down the field.

Gary Boyd, Ben Taylor and Alister Balcombe came through at Royal Cinque Ports.

All three Englishmen shot rounds of 67 and 70 to take a share of the top spot, with Scotland’s Raymond Russell finishing three shots back.

At the Gailes Links course in Scotland, Mark Young was the outright winner, with Paul Kinnear and Ryan Fox sealing their places through a play-off with Rhy Davies.

Matias Dominguez, who qualified for the Masters, failed to make his second major of the year.

In the final round of qualifying at Hillside in Southport, there was an eclectic mix of nationalities that came out on top.

Scott Arnold of Australia, Jordan Niebrugge of the United States and Pelle Edberg of Sweden all finished on 3 under to qualify.