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Townsend leads British Open qualifiers

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Australian Aaron Townsend shot a pair of 2-under70s to win the Australasian qualifying tournament for this year’s British Openby three strokes.

Australians Ashley Hall (71) and Nicholas Cullen (73) took the other twoqualifying spots up for grabs at Kingston Heath Golf Club after beatingChampions Tour regular Peter Senior (71) in a playoff.

The three golfers had finished tied for second at 1-under 143 after tworounds of regulation.

The British Open will be held from July 19-22 at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’sin northern England.

The next international qualifying tournament will be Jan. 18-19 at RoyalJohannesburg & Kensington in South Africa.