Matthew Millar finally made his way to the British Open

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Matthew Millar finally made his way to the British Open

The Australian professional Matthew Millar has pushed his way to the British Open. The pathway that Millar chose was the Open championship’s Australasian International qualifier at Kingston Heath in Melbourne. Posting six birdies in his first eleven holes, Matthew gave an amazing performance and hence will now play in his first Open Championship this year.

The player posted rounds of 66 an 68 and finished at 10 under par. Along with Millar, two other Australians made their way to the Open championship. Kurt Barnes and Rick Kulacz have attained the other two spots. Millar and Barnes achieved the honour right through the 36 hole qualifier in first and second place.

Barnes had also won the qualifier last year and will now appear in his second Open Championship. The 29 year old missed the cut at last year’s Open but has been playing on the Japanese tour and has won five events so far.

It was Kulacz who went in a sudden-death play-off with fellow West Australian Stephen Leaney .Kulcaz said that he wasn’t nervous and hence got the better of the former US Open runner up when Leaney missed a par-putt at the second extra hole. Kulcaz will also make his major debut at the open and was really happy with the way he handled himself in the playoff.

Even though Matthew has made it to his maiden Open championship, he wasn’t very careful at one point during the qualifying round. The 34 year old posted bogeys in his two final holes and could be seen slipping, but he did manage to take one of the tree spots. Currently, Matthew is ranked 914th in the world and has only had one top ten finish in the last two years.

"My wife gave birth on Wednesday, so I haven't had a chance to play much golf and practice," Millar stated afterwards. "Maybe that's the secret for me."I can't wait. This has been a goal I set this year and it's good to achieve one, so now I can move on to the next one.”

British Open is the oldest of the four major championships of golf and is the only championship held outside of America. This year, England will host its first British Open which will take place at the Royal St. George’s golf Club in July.


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