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Kapur books British Open berth

It's dream come true exclaimed Shiv Kapur after he sealed the third and final berth for the British Open from a nerve-jangling final round at the International Final Qualifying.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 17:30 IST

It's dream come true," exclaimed Shiv Kapur after he sealed the third and final berth for the British Open from a nerve-jangling final round at the International Final Qualifying — Asia on Friday.

It was trial by fire for Kapur at the Serapong Golf Course on the Sentosa Island, as he took four extra holes to beat deaf Korean golfer, Lee Sung Man, after the two were tied at five-under 139 for 36 holes.

Australian Jarrod Lyle, who survived a battle against leukaemia seven years ago, and Unho Park, a Singapore-based Australian of Korean origin, were tied for first at six-under after the two round qualifiers.

Lyle (67, 71) and Park (68, 70) finished atop the leaderboard at six-under-par 138.

Kapur carded 69 and 70 and Lee Sung 71 and 68.

Jeev Milkha Singh may well have been in the play-off, too, but for a horrendous triple bogey on the par-3 14th hole.

Jeev ended with 69 and 73 at two-under and three behind Kapur and Park, tied fifth with Chapchai Nirat of Thailand.

Amandeep Johl (73, 73) and Rahil Gangjee (77, 73) were the other Indians, who failed to make the grade.

"It's pretty cool to be in The Open, it's been great this past one year," said Kapur, who closed with a 70 which included a crucial birdie on 18 that got him into the play-off.

"I've always dreamed of playing in a major as a kid and for it to come this early in my career, I'm pretty kicked."