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Denmark’s Lasse Jensen will join the world’s leading golfers at The 145TH Open at Royal Troon after qualifying at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. The Nordea Masters, played at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club near Stockholm, is the fifth event in The Open Qualifying Series and a place in golf’s oldest Championship was available to the leading player, not already exempt, in the top five and ties. Jensen produced a memorable final round surge to secure his Major Championship debut on the Ayrshire coast next month. 

“It’s a huge thing because it will be my first major so for me to be in The Open is pretty awesome,” said Jensen. “I have always wanted to play in The Open because it has so much history and tradition that has built up around it. I’m over the moon about the thought of it. When I came down the 18th I could see that I had a chance of it and I grabbed it and it feels great. As a little kid you watch The Open and it’s the best players in the world – that’s why I play golf, that’s why we’re here, to compete with the best players.”

Two-time European Tour winner Nicolas Colsaerts spent much of the day in second place as he chased Fitzpatrick, and an eagle at the par five 9th gave him momentum, but the Belgian’s challenge faded on the par three 17th, where his tee shot found the water and he took a double bogey. A birdie at the last left him on 12-under-par. Swedes Henrik Stenson, who is already in the field for Royal Troon, and Bjorn Hellgren, finished in a tie for fourth on 10-under-par.