REMEDY Oak amateur Jack Singh Brar came within a whisker of qualifying for this month’s Open Championship after a wonderfully courageous display in final qualifying at Woburn.

The 20-year-old matched illustrious playing partner Ian Poulter stroke for stroke in his second round to fire a four-under-par 68.

Singh Brar had recovered from slipping three over to record a level-par 72 in his opening round. His 36-hole total of 140 left him four adrift of the day’s standout performer, two-times Asian Tour winner Shiv Kapur, who shot a pair of 68s.

Ryder Cup star Poulter and Goodwood professional Toby Tree both finished on six under to claim the other two spots available for the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport.

Singh Brar finished tied for eighth in the 72-man field and was second-best amateur, one stroke behind Norwegian Viktor Hovland.

The other member of Singh Brar’s playing group, Indian Jeev Milka Singh, four times a winner on the European tour, withdrew after posting 75 in his morning round.

Singh Brar had already enjoyed a notable season. He finished tied for seventh in last week’s European Amateur Championship and won the prestigious Lytham Trophy in May.