Pinckney seals Open place
Article posted: 04 July 2012
This is a big step forward for me
Scott Pinckney sealed his place at the third major championship of the year, the Open, with a fine performance at West Lancashire.
The 23-year-old will play at Royal Lytham & St Annes after progressing from Open Championship Local Final Qualifying (LFQ) courtesy of a birdie at the first-play-off hole.
Pinckney, who qualified for the 2011 US Open as an amateur, shot the professional course record in his second round, a brilliant eight under par 64.
He played his final nine holes in seven under par.
"It is going to be really special to play in an Open and I still can’t quite believe it," Pinckney said. "To be seven under for my last nine holes – and having a four foot putt for a birdie at the last hit a spike mark and miss — is just fantastic.
"It is going to be a real fun test at Lytham and I can’t wait to play in my second major and first as a professional. I’ve never played Lytham but obviously playing in these kinds of events is the ultimate goal. This is a big step forward for me."