The Old Course at Sunningdale played host to Europe’s 36-hole International Final Qualifying event for next month’s Open Championship yesterday, with ten players from a field of non-exempt tour professionals eventually securing tee times at Royal St. George’s.
England’s Graeme Storm, who dominated the same event two years ago by firing a course-record equalling 62 on Sunningdale’s New Course, repeated the feat en route to carding a twelve-under-par total. Welsh Open champion Alex Noren of Sweden maintained his impressive form, finishing three shots adrift in second place. Other notable qualifiers included Thomas Levet, twice runner-up at The Open, and Alejandro Canizares.
The big news of the day, however, was Colin Montgomerie’s dismal performance. After carding his worst 36-hole total in twenty years of European golf at the Welsh Open, the Scot shot rounds of 71 and 74 to finish a massive eighteen shots behind Storm and eleven adrift of qualification.