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Broadhurst & Lane roll back years to book Lytham return

ESPN staff
July 4, 2012
Barry Lane is returning to the Open Championship © Getty Images

Paul Broadhurst and Barry Lane headlined the 12 players to make it into the Open Championship field after final qualifying on Tuesday.

Broadhurst and Lane - with 12 European Tour titles and Ryder Cup appearance between them - finished first and second respectively after 36 holes at St Annes Old Links, securing another appearance at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

"I played well all day and I'm looking forward to returning to Royal Lytham," Broadhurst said.

Lane - who has four career top-20 finishes in the event to his credit - chipped in for eagle at the final hole to guarantee his berth, with Spain's Rafa Echenique finishing at the same score to claim the third and final available spot.

Elsewhere, former Walker Cup players Dale Whitnell and Steven O'Hara both qualified for the main field, along with the likes of Scott Pinckney and Warren Bennett.

Elliot Saltman, who was suspended for a rules infringement earlier this year, came through a play-off at Southport & Ainsdale to add his name to those who will tee it up at Lytham.

Ian Keenan came through the same play-off, with Morten Orum Madsen, Steven Alker and Steven Tiley also qualifying at one of the four courses involved.

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