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English amateurs make cut at Open

Open Championship, Royal Birkdale, 17-20 July 2008
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Chris Wood
Wood is the tallest player in the Open field

English amateurs Chris Wood and Thomas Sherreard will fight it out for the Silver Medal after qualifying for the final two rounds of the Open.

Bristol's Wood, 20, capped a fine second-round 70 with a magnificent chip-in on the 18th.

The birdie three at the last was reminiscent of Justin Rose's chip at the same hole at Birkdale in 1998.

Wood is five over par at the halfway point, one ahead of Kent's Sherreard, also 20, who fired a one-under-par 69.

"The support has been amazing. It was such a special way to finish," said Wood.

Wood, who is 6ft 5 ins tall and has his father Richard acting as caddy, qualified at Hillside Golf Club alongside Jean van de Velde and fellow amateur Rohan Blizard from Australia, who missed the cut.

606: DEBATE

Wood improved his opening round of 75 by five shots, collecting three birdies along the way, to leave himself as a leading contender for the Silver Medal, which Rose won when the Open was last held at Birkdale 10 years ago.

Wood said he had not exceeded his expectations and felt at home on the course thanks to the many supporters from his home city.

"Obviously my first target was to make the cut and then win the Silver Medal but I feel like I'm capable of a higher finish than that," he said.

"I've tried to play one shot at a time and not get overawed by the whole Open experience and apart from being really nervous on the first tee, I've felt like I've been right at home.

"Once I'd been out on the course and played my practice rounds and taken everything in, I felt like I've settled in well."

Sherreard, who won the qualifying event at Southport & Ainsdale, plays his golf on the college circuit in Georgia, America.




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Open day two photos
18 Jul 08 |  Golf


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