Dodt dashed in Scot­land, but makes Open

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GOLF: An­drew Dodt started the fi­nal round of the Scot­tish Open with a share of the lead, but in the end his tie for fourth was all he needed to qual­ify for this week’s Bri­tish Open.

The Queens­lan­der, 31, ranked 193 in the world, se­cured the fi­nal spot for Royal Birk­dale af­ter sink­ing a four-foot putt for par.

“I’m over the moon,” Dodt said. “It’s been a big goal of mine to play my first ma­jor and it’s great news.

“I found my­self a lit­tle bit men­tally fa­tigued on the back nine. I had to dig as deep as I could down the stretch.”

Dodt (pic­tured) fell out con­tention on the back nine, card­ing a one-over par 73 to fin­ish at eight-un­der.

Dodt, who fin­ished along­side Ryan Fox, An­thony Wall, Padraig Har­ring­ton and Matt Kuchar, earned his place in the Royal Birk­dale field over Wall be­cause of his higher world rank­ing go­ing into the tour­na­ment at the Dun­don­ald Links.

PHOTO: MARK RUNNACLES/AAP

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