Millar qualifies for British Open


MELBOURNE – Matt Millar celebrated the birth of his second child by booking a ticket to the British Open at International Final Qualifying (Australasia) on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old Australian secured his first appearance in a major championship by winning 36-hole qualifying at Kingston Heath Golf Club with a 10-under-par total of 134. “My wife gave birth on Wednesday so I haven’t had a chance to play much golf and practise … maybe that’s the secret for me,” Millar told reporters.
“I can’t wait (for the Open). I’ve played a bit of golf over in Britain but never at Royal St George’s so I’m really looking forward to the experience.” The other two qualifying places for the third major of the season starting on July 14 went to Millar’s fellow countrymen Kurt Barnes (135) and Rick Kulacz (136). Kulacz finished on the same eight-under-par mark as Stephen Leaney but won through with a par at the second hole of a playoff. British Open International Final Qualifying (Africa) takes place next week at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Clu