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Australian Peter Fowler broke the course record at The Lakes in Sydney to earn his trip to Carnoustie for the 2007 Open Championship.
Australian Peter Fowler broke the course record at The Lakes in Sydney to earn his trip to Carnoustie for the 2007 Open Championship.

Four from Australia qualify for Open at Carnoustie

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Australian Peter Fowler followed up a deflating first-round 74 with a stellar 64 to join countrymen Ewan Porter, Ben Bunny and Scott Laycock in qualifying for the Open Championship in the International Final Qualifying-Australasia event.

Four Australians made the field for The Open Championship at Carnoustie in July, with Ewan Porter, Peter Fowler, Ben Bunny and Scott Laycock qualifying after the two-round International Final Qualifying-Australasia event at The Lakes in Sydney.

Porter finished first in the qualification event, carding rounds of 66 and 69 to be 11-under, three strokes clear of Fowler who stormed home with a course record 64 in his second round after an opening 74.

Bunny and Laycock finished tied for third with Chris Campbell on five-under, but with only four qualifying spots on offer, a play-off started at the 10th hole where Laycock's birdie assured him of a trip to Carnoustie, swiftly followed by Bunny who birdied the next hole to elimate Campbell.

For Porter it will be his first Open Championship.

"I'm a bit in shock actually. I've never even been to Europe before," he said. "It's awesome because the last 12-18 months hasn't been so great for me."

Peter Wilson, who was prominent on the leaderboard in the MasterCard Masters at Huntingdale last November, finished an agonising one stroke adrift of the playoff at four-under. Fellow Victorians Andrew Tschudin, Luke Hickmott and Alistair Presnell were a stroke further back.

Veterans Craig Parry and Greg Chalmers, along with big-hitting Queenslander Jason Day, were among those to miss out on a berth.

Former top amateur Lucas Parsons had a day he would prefer to forget, the laconic New South Welshman signing for a second-round 80 after an opening 69 had him in a strong position.

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