Open Championship: Sam Locke earns Royal Portrush spot

Connor Syme and Sam Locke
Connor Syme, left, and Sam Locke, right, came through the Scottish qualifier along with Brandon Wu
The 148th Open Championship
Venue: Royal Portrush Dates: 14-21 July
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Sam Locke says it "means the world" to earn a place in his second successive Open Championship.

Locke, who won the Silver Medal for top amateur at Carnoustie last year, came though the Scottish qualifier at Fairmont St Andrews on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old will be joined at Royal Portrush by fellow Scots Paul Lawrie, Russell Knox, Robert MacIntyre and Connor Syme, who also qualified.

"To qualify again, I am absolutely chuffed to bits," Locke said.

"You want to go and make a name for yourself, and there is no reason why I can't, I am not there to make up the numbers, I am there to do the absolute best I can."

Locke has had a turbulent year since finishing tied 75th at the 147th staging of the year's final major last summer.

He turned professional immediately but has found like hard in the paid ranks, playing in three European Tour events.

"It has been a crazy 12 months, it has gone by so fast," he said. "My life has changed quite a lot in a short space of time.

"When you do something like that, people think you are going to kick on straight away, but it is not always the case.

"It is not nice when you are struggling and people are scrutinising you but that is part of what we have to deal with. You have just to pick yourself up and go again."

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