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Aussies at Sandwich

AUSTRALIANS Matt Millar, Kurt Barnes and Rick Kulacz have all earned places in this year's British Open at Sandwich -- the course where their compatriot Greg Norman achieved the lowest total in the championship's history 18 years ago.

The trio -- ranked 914th, 540th and 469th in the world respectively -- survived yesterday's 36-hole international qualifier in Melbourne.

Millar, who on 10-under-par beat Barnes by one after rounds of 66 and 68, and Kulacz, who defeated former US Open runner-up Stephen Leaney in a play-off for the final spot, will be playing the first Major of their careers.

"My wife gave birth on Wednesday, so I haven't had a chance to play much golf and practise," said 34-year-old Millar. "Maybe that's the secret for me.

"I can't wait. This has been a goal I set this year and it's good to achieve one, so now I can move on to the next."

Meanwhile, the European Challenge Tour visits India for the first time this week at the start of a schedule visiting a minimum 18 countries on four continents. There are also new events in Norway and Italy.

Irish Independent