Scotland, July 16: Two-time Asian Tour winner Andrew Dodt earned one of the three coveted spots for The Open championship after closing with a one-over-par 73 to finish in tied-fourth position at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Australian endured a difficult final round but hung on with a par putt on the final hole to end his campaign with a eight-under-par 280 total at the Dundonald Links, five shots back of Spanish winner Rafa Cabrera Bello.
Dodt will make his Major debut at The 146th Open held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club this week.
The Australian matched the week’s efforts of two-time Champion Golfer of the Year Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar, Ryan Fox, all of whom have booked their place in The Open, and Anthony Wall. Dodt takes the final qualifying place over Wall due to his higher position in the Official World Golf Ranking.
“I’m absolutely pumped to be playing in my first major. It’s taken a while but I finally got there. Qualifying for The Open has been a motivation for the last six months. Today wasn’t easy at times but I’m in and here we go.” – Andrew Dodt, 31
“I’m absolutely pumped to be playing in my first major. It’s taken a while but I finally got there. Qualifying for The Open has been a motivation for the last six months. Today wasn’t easy at times but I’m in and here we go.
“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,” said Dodt.
American Paul Peterson returned with the day’s lowest round of 65 to finish in tied-19th position on 283 while Indian star Anirban Lahiri settled a further two shots back in tied-32nd place following a 66.
Australia Sam Brazel signed for a 71 to grab a share of 35th place on 286 while Soomin Lee of Korea slipped to tied-51st following a 75.