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Topic - Alexander Norén
The field for the 142nd British Open golf championship, which starts Thursday at Muirfield. Players listed in only the first category for which they qualified:
The youngest player to compete on the European Tour missed the cut, while Mikko Ilonen of Finland tied the course record with a 9-under 63 Friday for a three-shot lead at the China Open.
Alex Noren of Sweden leads by one stroke at the Ballantine's Championship after shooting a 3-under 69 in the third round following his earlier 67 in the rain-delayed second round Saturday.
Wade Ormsby birdied two of his closing three holes Friday to share the clubhouse lead with Arnond Vongvanij in the second round of the rain-affected Ballantine's Championship.
Luke Donald, the No. 3 seed who is regarded among the best in match play, suffered his worst loss in 25 matches at this tournament. Louis Oosthuizen (No. 4) and Justin Rose (No. 5) never even reached the 17th tee when it was time for them to leave.
The road to the Masters starts in Marana. At least for some European Tour members.
Robert Garrigus shot a 7-under 64 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Jbe' Kruger, the South African who upstaged Tiger Woods in their second-round pairing at the CIMB Classic.
Paul Lawrie will keep pushing for a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team this week at the Wales Open, following his second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship.
Alex Noren of Sweden qualified for the U.S. Open for the second straight year, while past and present European Ryder Cup captains Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal failed to do so.
Steve Stricker has never won one of golf's biggest championships, and the Americans are mired in their longest major drought of the modern era.
"It was pretty much exactly the same as it happened last year," Noren said. "I was so pleased to get into the U.S Open (last year), so I relaxed because I was on a high. Winning here was fantastic and everything went on from there. It's just nice to be back with all the memories."