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Stephanie Meadow earns shot at Open fairytale

By Robert Jones

Stephanie Meadow's star just keeps on rising. The gifted golfer has just booked her place at this week's Ricoh Women's British Open.

The Royal Portrush ace cruised through Final Qualifying for the tournament, which tees off at Royal Birkdale on Thursday.

Fresh from closing with a career best 63 to finish tied third in the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters, Meadow repeated the trick at Southport and Ainsdale.

The 22-year-old fired seven birdies to record a five under 69 to finish tied third. Meadow finished just one stroke behind Wales' Becky Brewerton and Thailand's Nontaya Srisawang to continue her run of third place finishes since she turned professional.

She was third on her professional debut in the US Women's Open at Pinehurst No 2 and tied third on Sunday at the European Masters.

Meadow expressed her delight on Twitter, saying: 'Safely into the open!!! #excited #solidday'.

And Irish Ladies Golf passed on their best wishes, adding: 'Congratulations again to Stephanie Meadow who qualified for the British Open! We look forward to cheering you on Stephanie!'

Meadow is riding the crest of a wave at the moment and after her sizzling display at the European Masters, she said: "It's been a dream start but it's also a dream to play in this environment.

"US Open and here: the bigger the better! It's more fun. Being out here playing for a crowd is what I love to do."

Meanwhile, the men's winner of the 2014 Open Championship will pocket £975,000.

The R&A has published the prize money, revealing a total of £5,400,000 on offer to those taking part at at Royal Liverpool between July 17-20.

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