The Open Qualifying Series culminates this weekend with four players earning the remaining qualifying places in next week’s Open Championship.
In Scotland at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open three players, who are not already exempt that finish in the top ten and ties, will qualify for The Open, from 17-20 July. In America one non-exempt player that finishes in the top five at the John Deere Classic will secure a place in golf’s oldest and most international Major Championship.
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club will welcome an outstanding field to its historic links including defending Champion Phil Mickelson who is looking to repeat the success he enjoyed over a fortnight in 2013 when he won the Scottish Open and then The Open Championship at Muirfield.
“The Open Championship really is one of the outstanding events in the sports world. I was delighted to win last year and was honoured to see my name engraved on the Claret Jug. Winning at Muirfield meant so much to me for several reasons but especially because that final round was perhaps the best I ever played given the circumstances,” said Mickelson.
“I think it is very exciting that guys in the field this week at Royal Aberdeen will have the opportunity to qualify for The Open and I’m sure they’ll all be competing hard to get to Hoylake. It promises to be another fantastic Championship and I am really looking forward to going there as defending Champion.”
Including Mickelson, a total of 55 players in the field have already secured their places in The Open including Open Champions Sir Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke and Paul Lawrie, as well as US Open Champions Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.
Aberdeen native Richie Ramsay will lead the home charge trying to qualify for The Open. The 31-year-old has two European Tour titles to his name and is looking to make his fifth Open Championship appearance. He will be joined by PGA Tour players Russell Knox and Martin Laird and two-time European Tour winner Alistair Forsyth.
Two-time Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain is looking to return to The Open for the first time since the Championship was last played at Hoylake in 2006. He will be joined by compatriot and six-time European Tour winner Alvaro Quiros, who is in the hunt for his sixth consecutive Open appearance.
2013 Open Championship leading amateur Matt Fitzpatrick is bidding to make his return to The Open after turning professional in June. Other notable players attempting to qualify include 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, England’s Robert Rock and Fabrizio Zanotti who became the first Paraguayan European Tour winner in June at the BMW International Open in Germany.
At the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Illinois, a total of 21 players in the field have earned exemptions into The Open including defending Champion Jordan Spieth who earned his first PGA Tour victory at the event in 2013. Charles Howell III and Steve Stricker have withdrawn from The Open.
Other notable players in the field that have not yet qualified for The Open include former US Open Champions Lucas Glover and Retief Goosen, 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman, 1997 PGA Champion Davis Love III, David Hearn, and Camilo Villegas.
For more information visit TheOpen.com/Qualification