The Open Qualifying Series
The Open Qualifying Series Singapore
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Four qualify for Royal St George's

Joohyung Kim, Richard T. Lee, Poom Saksansin and Ryosuke Kinoshita qualify for The 149th Open at the SMBC Singapore Open.

The SMBC Singapore Open was played over the Serapong Couse at Sentosa Golf Club and was the third event in The Open Qualifying Series, which gives golfers around the world opportunities to book their place at Royal St George’s from 12-19 July 2020.
 
With a tournament total of 18-under par 266, Matt Kuchar won the SMBC Singapore Open title by three strokes from Justin Rose. Defending champion Jazz Janewattananond finished outright third and a shot further back on 14-under par 270.  

With Kuchar, Rose and Janewattananond already qualified for The 149th Open, 17-year-old  Joohyung Kim of Korea, secured the first qualifying position. He finished outright fourth on 13-under par 271 after rounds of 67, 66, 67 and 71. 

Last week Kim played the opening two rounds of the Hong Kong Open alongside Champion Golfer of the Year Shane Lowry. Thanks to his excellent play this week he will now make his debut in The Open when he joins the world’s best golfers at Royal St George’s in July.   

An even par final round was enough to secure Canadian Richard T. Lee the second qualifying position on offer at the SMBC Singapore Open after finishing outright fifth on 12-under par 272. 

A double bogey at the par-4 13th hole in the final round looked to have derailed the Canadians chances but birdies on the 15th and 18th holes ensured his place in The 149th Open. 

The final two qualifying positions went to Thailand’s Poom Saksansin and Japan’s Ryosuke Kinoshita who finished tied sixth on 11-under par 273.  

Saksansin recorded the lowest round of the final day, a 65, to earn his place at Royal St George’s where he will make his debut in The Open.   

Birdies on the closing two holes will provide Kinoshita a birthday present to be remembered when he celebrates his 29th birthday during the first round of The 149th Open. 
  
The next event in The Open Qualifying Series will be the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard at Bay Hill from 5-8 March.

 

The Open Qualifying Series

Event

Detail

OQS-Australia

Emirates Australian Open
5-8 December 2019
The Australian, Sydney

Qualifiers: Matt Jones, Takumi Kanaya and Aaron Pike

OQS-South Africa

South African Open hosted by The City of Joburg
9-12 January
Randpark, Johannesburg

Qualifiers: Branden Grace, Marcus Armitage and Jaco Ahlers

OQS-Singapore

SMBC Singapore Open
16-19 January
Sentosa, Singapore

Qualifiers: Joohyung Kim, Richard T. Lee, Poom Saksansin and Ryosuke Kinoshita 

OQS-USA

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard
5-8 March
Bay Hill, Orlando

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

OQS-Japan

The Mizuno Open
28-31 May
The Royal, Ibaraki

4 places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties

OQS-Ireland

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
28-31 May
Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny

4 places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties

OQS-Morocco

Trophee Hassan II
4-7 June
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat

1 place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top 5 and ties

OQS-Canada

RBC Canadian Open
11-14 June
St George’s, Toronto

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

OQS-Korea

KOLON Korea Open
25-28 June
Woo Jeong Hills, Cheonan

2 places to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 8 and ties

OQS-USA

Travelers Championship
25-28 June
TPC River Highlands, Connecticut

2 places to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 8 and ties

OQS-Final Qualifying

30 June
Fairmont St Andrews
Notts (Hollinwell)
Prince’s
St Annes Old Links

Minimum of 3 places to the leading players at each venue.

OQS-Scotland

Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open
9-12 July
The Renaissance Club, East Lothian

4 places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties

OQS-USA

John Deere Classic
9-12 July
TPC Deere Run, Illinois

One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top 5 and ties

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