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Wales' Bradley Dredge fears for Ryder Cup place

Bradley Dredge slipped down the Open leaderboard at St Andrews
Bradley Dredge slipped down the Open leaderboard at St Andrews

Bradley Dredge fears his hopes of making the European Ryder Cup team for the October clash against the United States in Wales are slipping away.

Dredge finished two under par following a final round 70 in the Open at St Andrews after following his opening 66 with 76 and 74.

The Welshman hopes to qualify for the USPGA Championship in August via the forthcoming Irish Open at Killarney.

But Dredge said of bid to play at Celtic Manor: "Time's running out."

"Really I needed to finish very high up in this [Open] tournament to give myself any realistic chance.

"You never know - I'm not going to get [to the] USPGA unless I win Ireland, I would have thought, so time's running out.

You can be a bit out with a putt or a chip or a shot and you can pay the penalty around here and I did that

Bradley Dredge at the Open

"Even if I win Ireland, I probably need to win another tournament before then. So you never know.

"I'll certainly play and I'm very pleased with the way it's going. I'm playing better and better so I'm going to keep getting up there and hopefully I'll be able to finish a tournament off - that would be nice."

Dredge failed to deliver on the promise of his opening round of 66 at St Andrews on Friday, but believes he did not perform poorly amid difficult windy conditions on Saturday and Sunday when he posted posting 76 and 74 respectively.

He said: "Obviously, Friday and Saturday around here I didn't strike the ball a great deal differently, but playing in a bit of wind, that's just the way the golf course is.

"You can be a bit out with a putt or a chip or a shot and you can pay the penalty around here and I did that, unfortunately.

"My ball-striking's been really good for the four days. I've hit hardly any loose shots so I've been pleased with that.

"But I've made a couple of course management errors today… but you are always going to do that around here.

"The greens are so big you're never going to map out every nook and cranny of the greens."

Dredge's fellow countrymen Rhys Davies and Simon Edwards failed to make the Open cut in Friday's opening round.



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