British Open: Aussie Andrew Dodt lands spot at Royal Birkdale after sinking pressure putt at Scottish Open

Golf: Cabrera Bello has won the Scottish Open,
while Aussie Andrew Dodt finished fourth.

Andrew Dodt is set to play in a major for the first
time.

JOURNEYMAN Aussie golfer Andrew Dodt has forced his
way into the British Open field after sinking a four-foot par
putt to tie for fourth in the Scottish Open.

Dodt started the final round at Dundonald Links in a share of
the lead but dropped out of contention on the back nine,
carding a one-over par 73 to finish eight-under.

But the 31-year-old from Brisbane ranked 193 in the world just
did enough to secure the last remaining spot for the British
Open – and his first start in a major.

“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.

Andrew Dodt is set to play in a major for the first time.

Andrew Dodt is set to play in
a major for the first time.
Source:AP

“I felt like I used a lot of energy early on in the round and
really had to take things a bit slower and take one step at a
time a bit because I knew the Open spot was right in line.

“I had to dig as deep as I could down the stretch.”

As Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello beat Englishman Callum Shinkwin
in a play-off to win his first tournament since 2012, Dodt
finished alongside New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, Anthony Wall,
Padraig Harrington and Matt Kuchar.

He claimed the final place for Royal Birkdale over Wall by
virtue of his higher world ranking going into the traditional
British Open lead-up.

Dodt, who had been scheduled to fly to New York for a holiday
with his wife, has plied his trade on the Australasian, Asian
and European tours.

The 2010 Avantha Masters, the 2014 Queensland Open and the 2015
Thailand Classic count as his only three professional wins.

Originally published as
Aussie nails pressure putt to grab Open berth

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