Four places in The Open on offer at The Travelers Championship
The Open Qualifying Series moves to the PGA TOUR this week with four places in the 144TH Open at St Andrews on offer at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.
It will be the first time that the Travelers Championship has been part of the Series, which sees players on the world’s leading Tours bidding to qualify for The Open Championship from 16-19 July. The leading four players, who are not already exempt, that finish in the top 12 and ties this week in Connecticut will take their place at the home of golf.
American Kevin Streelman will be looking to defend the Travelers Championship title that he won in 2014 by making seven consecutive birdies in the final round to win by one shot over KJ Choi and Sergio Garcia and will be among the players looking to secure a place at St Andrews. The 36-year-old has made three previous Open appearances with his best result coming at Royal Liverpool last year where he finished tied 54th.
Streelman heads a strong field that includes 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen who finished tied second at the US Open last week, as well as former Open Champions Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink. Two-time Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan both earned their first PGA Tour victories at the Travelers and will be expected to contend this week along with Branden Grace, Brandt Snedeker and 2014 runner-up Garcia.
Players bidding to secure their places at St Andrews include two-time Major Champion Angel Cabrera who has made 16 appearances at The Open and finished tied 19th in 2014. European Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari of Italy will be looking to return to golf’s oldest championship along with former world number one Luke Donald of England. Spain’s Jon Rahm, the number one-ranked player in the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™, returns to the PGA TOUR after finishing tied fifth at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open and will be looking to make his first appearance at The Open.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, The R&A’s Executive Director - Championships, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Travelers Championship to the Open Qualifying Series for the first time this year. The championship is one of the best attended on the PGA TOUR and having four qualifying places at The Open to play for will add an exciting new dimension to the event.”
In addition to the four qualifying places on offer, the first five players and ties that are not already exempt in the top 20 of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Points List for 2015 at the conclusion of the Travelers Championship will also gain exemptions into The Open.
The Open Qualifying Series continues next week on the PGA TOUR at the Greenbrier Classic and on the European Tour at the Alstom Open de France.