Singapore: The Indian duo of Shiv Kapur and Rahil Gangjee came tantalisingly close to qualifying for the British Open, only to fall two shots shy at the Sentosa Golf Club's Tanjong Course here on Wednesday.

The Indians ended at five-under 139 for 36 holes the cut-off for the five berths being seven-under in the final international qualifying for the Open. Australia's Adam Groom topped the list of five qualifiers. Others making the grade were Lan Chih Bing (70, 66), Ross Bain (72, 74), David Gleeson (68, 68) and Lee Won Joon 67, 70). Lee beat Park Woon Jon of Korea in a play-off for the last berth.

Among the Indians, Kapur and Gangjee shared the eighth spot, while Gaurav Ghei (70, 70) and Arjun Singh (71, 69) were tied 16th. Amandeep Johl (73, 69) finished tied 27th and way down the ladder were Digvijay Singh (67, 76), Vivek Bhandari (72, 75), Gurbaaz Mann (73, 75) and Harmeet Kahlon (76, 77). PTI

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