Competitors at the AT&T National, The Greenbrier Classic and John Deere Classic will be competing for more than just a trophy and FedExCup points. They’ll be vying for spots in The Open Championship.
At AT&T National and The Greenbrier, the top four players not already exempt for The Open who also finish among the top 12 and ties will earn spots in The Open. The top finisher at the John Deere Classic who is not yet exempt for The Open will earn a spot at The Open, as long as he also finishes in the top five.
These three TOUR events are part of a new international qualifying series announced Monday by the R&A. The 2014 The Open Championship will be played July 13-20 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. The newly-formed Open Qualifying Series will be made up of 14 events in nine countries on five continents. The series consists of events on the PGA TOUR, European Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
Nine qualifying places will be available on both the PGA TOUR and European Tour.
The Qualifying Series will commence with the Emirates Australian Open, which will be played Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2013. Qualifying places will also be available at the Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour, The Open Qualifying Series-Thailand and the Joburg Open in South Africa.
PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said, “We welcome this initiative from The R&A which will offer qualifying places at three events on the PGA TOUR in the lead-up to The Open. This will give the players a clear pathway to secure their place in The Open at three prestigious events and create some added interest as players try to qualify for the world’s oldest major championship.”
David Duval, the 2001 Open Championship winner, said, “For guys to know that many weeks ahead of time that they are in, that they have qualified, and that they have had the chance to play 72 holes to do it, I think it’s a brilliant idea.”
The Open Qualifying Series will replace International Final Qualifying (IFQ) for The Open Championship which was introduced in 2004 and involved 36-hole qualifying events in Australasia, Asia, Africa, America and Europe.
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*-There is one place in the John Deere Classic due to the logistics of qualifiers travelling to play in The Open at short notice.