Wootten on track for 140th Open spot

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Unheralded Adam Wootton has started the Open final qualifying event with a sparkling five under par 63 at Rye.

Unheralded Adam Wootton of Oxford started the Open final qualifying event with a sparkling five under par 63 at Rye.

Wootton eagled the first, turned in 30 and was six under before his only bogey came at the short 14th.

He cannot afford to relax and loose focus, however.

Only three of the 72 players at each of the four courses arte to go through to Royal St Georges in Sandwich after this afternoon’s second round.

Cornwall’s James Ruth was the early leader at Littlestone with a two under 69, Simon Edwards from Windermere in the Lake District shot a four under 68 to set the pace at Prince’s and a bogey-free six under 66 from North Middlesex’s Andrew Johnston at Royal Cinque Ports put him three in front like Wootton.

FOOTNOTE:

The Open Championship Local Final Qualifying is now only likely to finish on Wednesday after lengthy delays caused by thunderstorms in England’s south east.

Some 288 players, 72 at each of four venues, Littlestone, Princes, Royal Cinque Ports and Rye, are competing for 12 places (three at each venue) in the 140th Open Championship at Royal St George’s next month.

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