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Sunday 20 April 2014

WARREN MAKES OPEN

MARC WARREN has qualified for the British Open after edging out fellow Scot Stephen Gallacher by just £754.

The top five players not already exempt in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai after yesterday's French Open secured their place at Muirfield, with runner-up Richard Sterne, Brett Rumford, Mikko Ilonen, Thomas Bjorn and Warren the lucky quintet.

Warren was certainly the luckiest of all after dropping five shots in four holes from the 13th in his final round at Le Golf National.

A closing 73 meant Warren – who lost a play-off for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May – dropped into a tie for 13th, one shot behind Gallacher in joint eighth.

That lifted Warren from 21st in the money list to 17th with £517,494, with Gallacher moving from 23rd to 18th with £516,740, a difference of just £754.

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