Results: International Open Qualifying Series
July 06, 2014
- Robert Karlsson punched his ticket for Hoylake, England, due to his high finish in the Alstom Open de France. (Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Kristoffer Broberg, Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Jamieson qualified for the 143rd Open Championship today after the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.
Broberg delivered his best performance to date on the European Tour, finishing runner-up to winner Justin Rose who has already secured his place in The Open. The 27-year-old Swede closed out the tournament two shots behind Rose on 14-under-par and will now make his first appearance in a Major Championship when The Open gets under way on Thursday.
England’s Tyrrell Hatton was delighted to confirm his place in The Open after narrowly missing out on qualifying earlier this year at the Open Qualifying Series — Joburg Open in February. The 23-year-old finished tied runner-up in Johannesburg but missed out on the qualifying place based on his position in the Official World Golf Ranking. The Buckinghamshire native finished tied fourth at ten-under-par in Scotland to secure his place in The Open at the eleventh hour.
Jamieson had the support of the home crowd in Scotland in his bid to make a third Open Championship appearance and finished with a seven-under-par 64 today. The 30-year-old Glaswegian, who has one European Tour victory to his name, finished tied eighth on nine-under-par at his national Open.
Robert Karlsson, Michael Hoey, and Victor Riu secured places in the 143rd Open Championship at the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National near Paris today.
Karlsson, Hoey and Riu will join winner Graeme McDowell in the field for golf’s oldest and most international Major Championship at Royal Liverpool from 17-20 July.
Karlsson is a veteran links competitor and is set to make his 17th Open appearance since 1989. The 44-year-old delivered his best result in 1992 when he tied for fifth at Muirfield and is looking forward to playing his second Open at Hoylake.
Michael Hoey, from Belfast, is a former Amateur Champion (2001) and has twice played in The Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001 and 2012. He believes his experience playing links golf helped him deal with the wet and windy conditions this week at Le Golf National.
Riu had the support of the home crowd throughout the tournament and was delighted to earn one of the qualifying places on offer at his national Open. The 29-year-old finished 8th and will make his Major Championship debut at Royal Liverpool.
The next events in The Open Qualifying Series, which comprises 14 events in nine countries on five continents, are the John Deere Classic on the PGA TOUR and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European Tour from July 10-13.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Pablo Larrazábal, and Shane Lowry have secured exemptions into The Open Championship through the Race to Dubai rankings and Brendon Todd and Kevin Na will take their places in the field through FedExCup points.
At the conclusion of the BMW International in Germany at the weekend, Spain’s Cabrera-Bello and Larrazábal and Ireland’s Lowry confirmed their spots in The Open which will be played from 17-20 July at Royal Liverpool.
Cabrera-Bello, Larrazábal and Lowry were the top players, not already exempt, within the top 20 of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. Cabrera-Bello will make his third Open Championship appearance at Hoylake after finishing tied for 21st in 2013 at Muirfield. The 30-year-old is a two-time winner on the European Tour and finished runner-up to Fabrizio Zanotti following a play-off yesterday at the BMW International.
Larrazábal’s best result at The Open came in 2011 at Royal St George’s where he finished tied 30th. The 31-year old has won three events on the European Tour including the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January 2014. Lowry has made two previous Open Championship starts and finished tied 32nd in 2013.
Todd and Na secured their places at The Open at the conclusion of the Travelers Championship as the top players, not already exempt, in the top 20 of the PGA TOUR FedExCup points list.
Todd, a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, will make his Open Championship debut this year. The 28-year-old American earned his first victory on the PGA TOUR in May at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Na, 30, has made three previous Open appearances and his best result was tied 27th at St Andrews in 2010. The South Korea-born American finished runner-up at the 2014 Memorial Tournament after a play-off with Hideki Matsuyama and has a single victory on the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour and the Asian Tour.
Edoardo Molinari, Matthew Baldwin and Danny Willett secured their places in The 143rd Open Championship at the Irish Open.
Molinari shot a final-round 67 to finist at 12 under par, one shot behind winner Mikko Ilonen. Molinari, 33, earned his fifth Open Championship appearance. The two-time European Tour winner and 2010 Ryder Cup player has not played at a Major Championship since the 2012 Masters and has been focused on returning to form after two surgeries on his left wrist.
“I played Royal Liverpool in my last event as an amateur so it has a special place in my heart. I’m really looking forward to it,” Molinari said. His best Open Championship result came in 2010 at St. Andrews (T27).
Molinari will be joined by England’s Baldwin and Willett after they tied for third at 11 under par alongside Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg. The pair earned the second and third qualifying places based on their higher positions in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Baldwin has a single victory on the Challenge Tour and played his first Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 where he finished tied 23rd.
Willett posted the only hole-in-one at the Irish Open on his way to establishing a new course record of 63 in the third round. The 2012 BMW International Open champion is a former Walker Cup player and in March of 2008 was the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He will make his third Open appearance at Hoylake after finishing tied 15th in 2013 at Muirfield.
“I remember watching Tiger win at Hoylake a few years ago and it looks like a special place to have an Open Championship. I’ve played a lot of links golf and it’s a different kind of test but it’s one that I look forward to,” said Willett.
Dong-Kyu Jang, Juvic Pagunsan, Hyung-Tae Kim and Tomohiro Kondo secured their places in The Open Championship after the final round of the Open Qualifying Series Japan – Mizuno Open.
Korea’s Jang, 25, carded birdies on the two closing holes for a three-under-par 69 to finish on 15-under-par to win the event by three shots over Pagunsan of the Philippines.
“You have got to win The Open to be classed as a great golfer and I hope I can be remembered," Jang said. "I have never played a course like Royal Liverpool but even if I play bad I’m playing in The Open Championship which is a dream come true."
Pagunsan's final-round 70 was enough to clinch second place on 12-under-par overall. The 36-year-old won the 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit to qualify for the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, where he finished tied for 72nd.
The final two Open places were taken by Korea’s Kim and Japan’s Kondo, who finished tied for third at 11 under par for the championship.
Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata and Yoshinobu Tsukada, China’s Ashun Wu and amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei earned places at The Open Championship after qualifying in Thailand on March 7.
The two day, 36-hole Open Qualifying Series — Thailand event at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi brought together an international field of 75 players from 17 countries bidding to secure four places at The Open, which will be held at Royal Liverpool on July 17-20.
Iwata finished atop the leaderboard after holding the overnight lead. He will return to The Open for the first time since 2008. The 33-year-old signed for a 1-under 71 to finish at 5 under.
Pan, who plays for the University of Washington, used his competitive experience at Amata Spring to his advantage, finishing tied for second alongside Wu. He finished runner-up at the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at the same venue. The 22-year-old is thrilled to be playing in his third major championship, after competing in the 2011 (MC) and 2013 (T-45) U.S. Opens.
Tsukada survived a thrilling four-way play-off with Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura, Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and the United States’ David Lipsky. A par on the fourth extra play-off hole was enough for him to earn his ticket to Royal Liverpool.
South Africa's George Coetzee and Justin Walters and South Korea's Jin Jeong secured their places in the Open Championship field through their finish at the European Tour’s Joburg Open, which concluded Feb. 9.
The Joburg Open was the second event in the new Open Qualifying Series, consisting of 14 events in nine countries on five continents that gives players on the world’s leading Tours a chance to qualify for the 143rd Open Championship.
Coetzee, 27, shot a final-round 66 to win the Joburg Open for his first European Tour victory. This will be his fourth consecutive Open Championship appearance; he finished 15th in 2011.
Walters tied for second with Jeong and England’s Tyrrell Hatton. Walters and Jeong edged out Hatton for the Open qualifying places based on their higher positions in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
Jeong will return to The Open for the first time since 2010 at St. Andrews, when he earned the silver medal as the low amateur (T-14) in the field. The 24-year-old won his first event as a professional in December 2013 at the ISPS Handa Perth International. Jeong earned his way into the 2010 Open by winning that year’s British Amateur.
John Senden, Rhein Gibson and Bryden Macpherson qualified for the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool via their finishes Dec. 1 at the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in the new Open Qualifying Series.
The Australian trio earned its way to the Open Championship by being the top three finishers who were not yet exempt to Royal Liverpool. Senden finished third at the Australian Open, seven shots behind winner Rory McIlroy, while Gibson and Macpherson tied for fourth, another two shots back.
Senden, winner of the 2006 John Deere Classic, shot a final-round 66 on Sunday to earn his eighth Open Championship appearance. He posted his best Open finish in 2012, finishing 34th at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Macpherson, 23, played the 2011 Open Championship as an amateur after winning that year's British Amateur. He missed the cut by a shot. The former University of Georgia golfer played seven Web.com Tour events in 2013, making one cut.
This is the first major championship that Gibson, 29, has qualified for. He gained fame when he shot 55 in a casual round in Oklahoma in 2012.
The Open Qualifying Series is making its debut with 14 events in nine countries on five continents that allow players on the world’s leading tours the opportunity to qualify for The Open Championship.