Drysdale ends his Open drought
Seventeen years after playing as a marker for John Daly in The Open, David Drysdale will finally make his debut in the event.
Seventeen years after he played as a marker for John Daly in The Open Scotland’s David Drysdale will finally make his major championship debut at Turnberry next month.
Helped by the 10th hole-in-one of his career, the 34-year-old shot rounds of 65 and 66 to grab one of the 10 places on offer at the qualifying tournament at Sunningdale on Monday.
After nine previous attempts to qualify without success Drysdale said: “I can’t wait. I’ve got the next two weeks off and I’d love to go over and have maybe a couple of games there.”
As a leading local amateur in 1992 Drysdale was called on to partner first Roger Chapman and then Daly in the first group out in the third and fourth rounds when otherwise they would have played on their own.
“I was 17 and it was a big buzz. It would be just great if I got to play with Daly again – he was fantastic.”
Drysdale, whose ace came on the 217-yard 10th hole of the New Course, has reason to believe that anything will be possible.
Ten years ago he was in the same qualifying event as Paul Lawrie and out-scored him by six in the opening round, but then he missed out while Lawrie went on to win at Carnoustie.
Winners of Monday’s Final Qualifier were England’s Graeme Storm, who posted a 68 in the afternoon’s second round after leading the field with a 62 in the morning, and Argentina’s Rafa Echenique whose 130 total was made up of rounds of 66 and 64.
Drysdale finished a shot behind the leaders in a third-place tie with fellow Scot Gary Orr and South African young gun Branden Grace.
The other golfers who made the top 10 to qualify were England’s Paul Broadhurst and Oliver Wilson, Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin, Welshman Rhys Davies and Scot Richie Ramsay
Fisher and Ramsay had to win a play-off against Peter Lawrie of Ireland and Taco Remkes of the Netherlands and Englishmen Mark Foster and Danny Willett, the World’s top-ranked Amateur until he recently turned professional.
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 70):
NOTE: The top 10 all qualified for the Open Championship at Turnberry
130 Rafa Echenique (Arg) 66 64, Graeme Storm 62 68
131 David Drysdale 65 66, Gary Orr 68 63, Branden Grace (RSA) 65 66
132 Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 64 68, Paul Broadhurst 65 67, Rhys Davies 65 67
133 (after play-off) Oliver Fisher 66 67, Richie Ramsay 65 68
133 Taco Remkes (Ned) 68 65, Danny Willett 66 67, Peter Lawrie 67 66, Mark Foster 63 70
134 Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 66 68, Simon Griffiths 69 65, Gregory Havret (Fra) 64 70, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 67 67, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 67 67
135 Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 68 67, Andrew Coltart 65 70, Alastair Forsyth 66 69, Gary Murphy 70 65, Jamie Donaldson 69 66, Iain Pyman 66 69, Robert Dinwiddie 64 71, Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 67 68
136 Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 69 67, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 68 68, Jan-Are Larsen (Nor) 67 69, Lee James 67 69, Nick Dougherty 69 67, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 67 69
137 David Dixon 69 68, Antti Ahokas (Fin) 69 68, Marc Warren 68 69, Marcel Siem (Ger) 68 69, Paul Waring 70 67
138 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 69 69, Roope Kakko (Fin) 70 68, Stuart Davis 68 70, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 69 69, Klas Eriksson (Swe) 66 72, Bradley Dredge 69 69
139 Steven O’Hara 67 72, Scott Strange (Aus) 75 64, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 71 68, Shane Lowry 70 69, David Horsey 70 69, Andrew Willey 71 68
140 Sam Walker 71 71, Sam Walker 71 69, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 66 74, Ulrich van den Berg (Rsa) 68 72, Gareth Maybin 70 70, David Frost (Rsa) 69 71, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 70 70, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 71 69
141 Stephen Gallacher 71 70, Sam Little 70 71, Richard Bland 69 72, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 70 71, Matthew Zions (Aus) 71 70, Marcus Higley 71 70, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 70 72, Alan McLean 72 69, Magnus Carlsson (Swe) 74 67
142 Benn Barham 68 74
143 Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 71 72, Ross McGowan 71 72, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 71 72, Chris Rodgers 74 69, Callum Macaulay 75 68
144 Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 73 71, Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 71 73, Brett Rumford (Aus) 69 75
145 Steve Webster 76 69, John Morgan 71 74, Phillip Archer 70 75, Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 70 75
146 Michael McGeady 76 70, Simon Wakefield 75 71, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia (Spa) 72 74
147 Richard McEvoy 73 74
148 Johan Edfors (Swe) 70 78, Mark Haastrup (Den) 75 73
149 Simon Khan 77 72
DQ: Thomas Levet (Fra)
WD: Lee Slattery, Jyoti Randhawa (Ind), John Bickerton, Simon Dyson, Alexander Noren (Swe), Gary Lockerbie
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