Stuart Manley: Welshman makes Open Championship for first time

Stuart Manley
Stuart Manley was born in Mountain Ash in the south Wales valleys

Welsh golfer Stuart Manley has qualified for The Open Championship for the first time after finishing joint second at the Johannesburg Open.

The 38-year-old shot a five-under-par final round of 67, including a birdie-birdie finish, to claim one of the three Open spots on offer.

He was set for a three-man play-off for the title until Darren Fichardt birdied the final hole to win.

Manley's Open debut will come at Royal Birkdale from 20-23 July, 2017.

That will also be his debut at one of golf's four major championships.

Manley said: "I'm really chuffed to be playing in my first Major, I'm really excited.

"I've been trying for many years through pre-qualifying so to get there I'm pretty pleased.

"The Open is massive and I can't wait to get my teeth stuck into that golf course. I've never experienced anything as big as The Open before, but I can't wait for it."

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