Veterans secure Open places
Lane to make his 682nd appearance on European Tour
Last Updated: July 13, 2012 3:24pm
Paul Broadhurst: Fired rounds of 70 and 67 to win the qualifying event by one shot
Former Ryder Cup pair Barry Lane and Paul Broadhurst have both booked their places at this year's Open Championship.
Broadhurst, who is 46, won the 36-hole final qualifying event at St Annes Old by one shot thanks to scores of 70 and 67.
Lane, meanwhile, managed to card a second round of 70 to finish joint second with Argentina's Rafa Echenique on six under par.
His efforts mean Royal Lytham will be the 682nd European Tour appearance of the 52-year-old's career, only 24 short of Sam Torrance's record.
His Open debut came 25 years ago and the last time he played was in 2006, while Broadhurst's debut was back in 1988 - he finished as low amateur that year - and he last qualified three years ago.
Among those to miss out on the three available places, one of four in use to decide a total of 12 qualifiers on Tuesday, were Chris Wood - fifth in the 2008 Open as an amateur and then joint third the following year - and another former Ryder Cup man, Swede Jarmo Sandelin.
Meanwhile at Hillside it was an English trio who qualified as former European Tour winner Warren Bennett, 2009 Walker Cup player Dale Whitnell and Kent's Steven Tiley occupied the top three spots.
Former Ryder Cup duo Peter Baker and Mark James, Europe's captain in 1999, failed along with James Conteh, son of former world boxing champion John.
Essex player Whitnell finished on nine under to beat Bennett by one shot and Tiley by three.
Steve Alker won at West Lancashire on seven under, but fellow New Zealander Michael Campbell, who0 won the US Open in 2005, shot level par - five too many to be in a play-off with Scot Steven O'Hara, Americans Scott Pinckney and Marty Jertson and St Pierre amateur Richard Bentham.
In the end it was Pinckney and O'Hara who came through the play-offs to take the two remaining spots.
At Southport and Ainsdale the winner was Dane Morten Orum Madsen, while Elliot Saltman - the player given a three-month Tour ban at the start of last season following a ball-marking incident - and Ian Keenan emerged from a three-man play-off for the other two spots.
But there was disappointment there for former Tour star Nick Dougherty, who was in with a good chance after an opening 70 but fell out of contention as he followed it with a 74.