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Downes leads Australia's British qualifying

1/25/2005

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australian golfer Chris Downes shot
a 4-under-par 68 Tuesday at Kingston Heath to take the lead in the
Australian leg of qualifying for the British Open.
Downes is one shot ahead of David Diaz and two ahead of Peter
Fowler and Marcus Cain. Another 12 players in the field of 35 still
have a chance of claiming one of the four spots available for the
July 14-17 Open at St. Andrews.
The second and final round will be played Wednesday.