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OneAsia's Brown charges into The Open

Mark BrownHONG KONG, Jan 30 - OneAsia's Mark Brown and Stephen Dartnall have made it to the 2013 Open Championship in Britain after International Final Qualifying in Australia.

New Zealander Brown, who finished 11th on last year's Order of Merit, shot a record 10-under-par 62 around the Kingston Heath course in Melbourne following an opening 72 to win the two-round qualifier by a stroke.

Australian Steven Jeffress was a shot further back while countryman Dartnall -- who was 27th on the Order of Merit -- grabbed the third available ticket to Muirfield in July.

Brown's fireworks earned him a second appearance at The Open having missed the cut at Turnberry in 2009.

"Yesterday I was a fair way back, so today I wasn't really thinking about it too much -- I just went out and tried to enjoy it," said Brown, 37.

Dartnall recovered from an indifferent start to do enough to get through to his first Major.

"I have never played a Major before so will be a good learning experience, to go there and obviously try and play well," the 29-year-old said.

Jeffress, 37, a PGA Tour of Australasia regular who played OneAsia in 2011, will tee off at his first Major championship.

The 142nd Open Championship will be played at Muirfield from July 18-21.
 

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