Two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen made it through Final Open Qualifying at Princes Golf Course in Kent, snatching the third available spot for the Open in Carnoustie with a score of -1.

The South African carded a -1 71 in his first round and looked to be cruising towards a qualifying spot but a shaky finish, which saw him bogey two of the last three holes, left him with a nervous wait.

However, the 49-year-old clung on to occupy the third qualifying spot by just a single shot from a group of six players who all finished on level par including Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden, who qualified for last month’s US Open. 

The Scot had a disappointing first round, shooting +4 after recording five bogeys and a double-bogey and although his second round of -4 was much improved, including finishing his day off with a birdie, it was not enough to force a play-off with Goosen.

The other two qualifying spots at Princes were taken by England’s Tom Lewis on -4 and Haraldur Magnus from Iceland on -2.

Elsewhere, at Final Qualifying at Notts Golf Club, Englishman Ashton Turner recorded the day’s best score of 138 for a -6 to book his place at Carnoustie where he will be joined by his compatriot, Oliver Wilson, who won the Alfred Dunhill Links in 2014.

Wilson’s score of -3 for the day was enough to grab one of the qualification spots and ensure he will be making his fifth Open appearance.

The third player to qualify from Notts was Wales’ Rhys Enoch.

The fourth Final Qualifying was at St Annes Old Links, where the English trio of James Robinson, Marcus Armitage and Jack Senior occupied the top three spots and booked their ticket to Carnoustie.

However, former major champion Graeme McDowall withdrew from the field at the last moment. 

The Northern Irishman’s clubs were lost by an airline as he travelled to England from France and so feeling unable to give his best with borrowed clubs, he pulled out.

He will, however, still have opportunities to qualify for Carnoustie at this week’s Irish Open, as well as next week’s Scottish Open.