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UPDATE: North Devon golfer Jimmy Mullen to play at Open Championship

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: July 02, 2013

Royal North Devon golfer Jimmy Mullen topped the leaderboard in Local Final Qualifying for the Open Championship

Royal North Devon golfer Jimmy Mullen topped the leaderboard in Local Final Qualifying for the Open Championship

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Teenage North Devon golfer Jimmy Mullen will be rubbing shoulders with Justin Rose and Tiger Woods after qualifying for the Open Championship.

Mullen recorded a three-under-par round of 68 to top the leaderboard in the Local Final Qualifying competition at North Berwick in Scotland this evening and claim one of three places on offer in the Open.

It means the 19-year-old from East-the-Water, who plays at Royal North Devon, will be taking on the best players in the world at Muirfield from July 14-21.

Mullen, speaking to the North Devon Journal tonight, said: "I'm over the moon. I will have to wait until I get there before I think it will sink in."

Mullen also carded a 68 in yesterday's first round. After completing the second today, finishing with a six-foot birdie putt, Mullen had an anxious three-hour wait while his rivals finished on the course.

In the end he was a shot clear of a three-way tie for second place.

Gareth Wright and George Murray emerged from a play-off to take the other two spots at the Open.

The news that Mullen had qualified reduced both his coach Iain Parker and his father Hugh to tears.

Parker told the Journal: "It's amazing. He's a special kid. I'm so proud of him."

Mullen will return home to North Devon tomorrow before beginning his preparations for the Open.

He has already gone one better than Colin Montgomerie, the eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner, who missed out on a place at the Open after carding a three-over-par total in the qualifying event at Gullane No 1.

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