Golf - The Open

Tenth time lucky as Walker makes Open

Sam Walker capped off a frenetic 24 hours when he became one of the final 10 to qualify for The Open after final European qualifying at Sunningdale.

Walker makes Open  - Golf - The OpenReuters

Following his victory in Sunday's Scottish Hydro Challenge, Walker flew to southern England where he finished second in a tough 96-man field with a six-under 133 behind compatriot James Morrison, who was first with an eight-under 131.

The result represented success at last for Walker who, after 10 failed attempts, finally gets his chance to play at The Open at Royal Lytham from July 15-22.

It was disappointment for Ryder Cup captains old and new with Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal both failing in their bid to qualify, finishing equal 14th and 30th overall respectively.

A five-man playoff decided the last of the two qualifying spots with Briton Lee Slattery and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen holding their nerve to come through.


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