A stunning 10-under par in the second round of the International Final Qualifying event in Melbourne has seen Mark Brown qualify for the British Open.
The New Zealander appeared out of the running after being tied for 27th after the first round, but notched a 62 to finish in the top three and gain a spot at one of golf’s biggest tournaments.
It is being held at Muirfield in July.
Brown hit eight birdies and an eagle in what was a perfect round to win the 36-hole tournament by one shot, setting a course record in the process.
His one previous entry at the British Open saw him miss the cut in 2009.
“I had a mate caddying for me and he just said ‘have a laugh’. I was playing with another good mate, Neven Basic from Australia, and we just wanted to have a laugh,” Brown told Fairfax NZ.
“And all of a sudden you’re doing all right and it gets very serious, but I just went out and gave it a whack and luckily everything went well.
“I was even-par yesterday so I had to go out and blaze away. These qualifying days are pretty hit or miss, there are only three spots for 70-odd guys.”
“I just kept pushing and managed to get to 10-under, which is pretty low, especially around here. It’s a tough course but it was a cracking day, no wind, which you don’t often get, and the course was there for the taking.”
He said the course record was “up there” with his career highlights.
“I think it’s ranked the No 2 course in Australia. I finished third here at the Australian Masters last year so I like the course, but to hold a course record where a lot of great players have played is a great thrill.”
Ryan Fox faded from sixth after day one to finish 15 at three-under.