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Greg Chalmers in anxious wait at the Open

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/07/2016 Darren Walton

Gritty Greg Chalmers faces an anxious wait to see if he's survived the halfway cut after another steady round at the British Open at Royal Troon.

Australia's 1000-1 long shot backed up his first-round 72 with an even-par 71 on Friday to be one over for the championship.

He entered the clubhouse in equal 72nd place, with the top 70 and ties to secure a weekend tee time.

"It just depends on what the weather does," Chalmers said.

"It wasn't too bad but it's meant to turn a little nasty here as the day goes on.

"I keep forgetting how long the golf day is here. Normally I'd think I may not make it, but there's still a good nine, 10 hours of golf left.

"So who knows what happens there. I'm hoping I'll be okay. I'd love to play."

The first player ever to qualify for the Open by winning a stableford event, Chalmers admits he has extra incentive to survive the chop, having flown a raft of family and friends to Scotland for the occasion.

"Some of them have flown all the way from Perth - my in-laws - so it could be kind of nice if I didn't come here and miss the cut," said the affable West Australian.

The world No.233 said pre-tournament he was "so happy it's a joke" to have made the Open field with his breakthrough first tournament win in 386 US PGA events.

Now he's desperate for the journey to continue.

"It's just more chances to play in the British Open," said Chalmers, who finished 58th last year and entered the final round with an outside chance.

"And, to be honest, (getting to) four, five under is attainable with a low round tomorrow and that gets you back into what could be a great week.

"So one over, it would be a shame to miss the cut with that."

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