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Welsh golfer Bradley Dredge secures Open qualification

7 June 10 18:55

Bradley Dredge will join fellow Welshman Rhys Davies at next month's Open Championship at St Andrews after securing a qualifying berth.

The 36-year-old secured one of the 10 spots at International Final Qualifying at Sunningdale on Monday thanks to his score of seven-under after two rounds.

Dredge shot a 68 before a superb second-round 65 to qualify alongside Colin Montgomerie and Thomas Bjorn.

But Wales' Jamie Donaldson's bid failed after losing a six-way play-off.

Donaldson finished tied 10th at Sunningdale after shooting two rounds of 68 and 66 to he was forced into a play-off - which was won by German Marcel Siem to claim the one remaining Open spot.

Dredge, though, was one of the ten in an 83-strong field that safely secured one of the sought-after qualification places to play Great Britain's golfing major at St Andrews, the home of golf, between 15-18 July.

Dredge joined Irishman Shane Lowry, Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland, Dane Thomas Bjorn, Spaniards Jose Manuel Lara and Ignacio Garrido, Tano Goya of Argentina and Scots Andrew Coltart and Montgomerie, theEuropean Ryder Cup captain, in qualifying outright at international final qualifying.

Welsh number one and Wales Open runner-up Davies, the new world number 45 after successive top-two finishes, had already qualified for his second Open Championship.

And Dredge, Wales' World Cup winner of 2005, will play his first Open since missing the cut at Carnoustie in 2007 after sneaking in alongside Lara, Garrido and Goya by shooting seven-under.

Sion Bebb failed in his bid to qualify from the Sunningdale field after his overall three-under par score meant the Welshman was tied 21st in international final qualifying.

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