Lahiri qualifies for British Open

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CHONBURI, Thailand (AP)

Anirban Lahiri of India led four golfers securing places at the British Open in a qualifying tournament at the Amata Spring Country Club on Friday.



For some golfers, the biggest prizes aren't their tournament wins but their wives and girlfriends.

Lahiri overcame rain during his final round for a 67 and 9-under 135 to win the Open Championship International Final Qualifying. He will be joined at Royal Lytham on July 19-22 by Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, Kodai Ichihara of Japan and Mardan Mamat of Singapore.

Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama was a likely qualifier, reaching 6 under after nine holes. But his round unraveled with a double bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17 that left him needing par at the last hole. After a lengthy rain delay, he had a triple-bogey 7 to miss out.

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