Meesawat, three others claim British Open spots

Prom Meesawat during the final round of International Final Qualifying for the British Open.

CHONBURI, Thailand – Prom Meesawat of Thailand and Jason Knutzon of the United States will make their British Open debuts in July after grabbing two of four reserved spots in an international qualifier on Friday.

Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan and Lam Chih-bing of Singapore claimed the other two berths from the two-round event at Amata Spring Country Club.

First-round leader Kodai Ichihara of Japan missed a birdie chance on the 18th hole to fall one stroke short of forcing a playoff with Knutzon.

Prom fired a 7-under 65 for a 12-under 132 total to win the tournament by two strokes from Hiratsuka (64).

The Open is at Royal St. George’s from July 14-17.

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