Field taking shape for The 146th Open with four players set to qualify in Japan
The field for The 146th Open is taking shape with more players set to earn a place at Royal Birkdale this week at The Open Qualifying Series Japan, the BMW PGA Championship and through Official World Golf Ranking exemptions.
With less than eight weeks to go until the Championship, excitement is building as the world’s best players prepare to take on Royal Birkdale’s historic links from 16-23 July.
It is the fastest selling Open in history, with thousands of fans set to experience the drama and excitement of the battle to become Champion Golfer of the Year.
Nearly 6,000 miles away from Royal Birkdale in Okayama, Japan, four players will punch their ticket to golf’s most international major championship this weekend at the Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour.
It is the fourth stop in The Open Qualifying Series, which gives players the chance to qualify for the Championship at leading Tour events across the globe in the build-up to The Open.
Four players who finish in the top 12 and ties in Japan, who are not already exempt, will earn a place at Royal Birkdale.
With only two players in the field already holding a berth in The Open, Korea’s Younghan Song and Australia's Matthew Griffin, the coveted qualifying places will be top of mind for all the players as they tee off at JFE Setonaikai Golf Club.
Back in the UK, the winner of the European Tour’s flagship event at the revamped Wentworth Golf Club will also earn a place at Royal Birkdale, if not already exempt.
Lifting the trophy earns the champion a three-year exemption into The Open, and with five of the last ten winners coming from England, a home favourite like Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood, James Morrison, or Matthew Fitzpatrick could make their mark at Wentworth.
The final route into The Open that comes into play over the weekend is the exemption for the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking for the week commencing 29th May.
All players that are not already exempt will be welcomed to the Championship on Monday, meaning that those outside the top 50 will be aiming to move up the rankings with solid play over the weekend to secure their place. To see the current OWGR ranking please click here.
The Open’s spring ticket promotion ends on 31 May, meaning that time is running out for fans to secure tickets for The 146th Open at the best possible prices. Kids under the age of 16 attend The Open for free when accompanied by an adult and there is also free camping accommodation available for Youth ticket holders (16-24). Fans can secure their place at one of the world’s greatest sporting events by visiting www.TheOpen.com/tickets