The R&A accepting entries for The 147th Open at Carnoustie [test]
Online entries for Regional and Final Qualifying events ahead of The 147th Open are now available for golfers aspiring to book their place in the Championship field alongside the world’s greatest players at Carnoustie from 15-22 July.
Regional Qualifying and Final Qualifying events will take place at venues throughout Great Britain and Ireland and 12 places are available in golf’s most international major championship.
Approximately 1,300 golfers are expected to compete across the 13 Regional Qualifying events on Monday 25 June 2018 to obtain a place into Final Qualifying which takes place at Notts (Hollinwell), Prince’s, St Annes Old Links and The Renaissance Club on Tuesday 3 July 2018.
Those players ranked outside the top 1,000 and ties of OWGR, who have not earned an exemption into Final Qualifying, will be required to enter one of the Regional Qualifying events. The venues are Alwoodley, Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick), Burhill, County Louth, Fairhaven, Frilford Heath, Kedleston Park, Minchinhampton, Northamptonshire County, Panmure, Sandy Lodge, West Lancashire and Wildernesse.
Players exempt for The Open are still required to formally enter the Championship including current Champion Golfer Jordan Spieth who entered last evening. The first two exempt players to enter The 147th Open were 2011 Champion Golfer Darren Clarke and back-to-back Alfred Dunhill Championship winner Tyrrell Hatton.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “Regional and Final Qualifying events form an important part of The Open Qualifying Series and we are looking forward to more drama and excitement as Tour players compete with club professionals and leading amateurs for a place at Carnoustie.”
“We have introduced online entries via a new system which is available on TheOpen.com and we hope that players benefit from a streamlined process when they submit their entry” Cole-Hamilton added.
Ian Poulter came through Final Qualifying last year to reach The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale. The Englishman tied for second at his home club Woburn qualified alongside Toby Tree and Shiv Kapur. At Gailes Links, Connor Syme qualified for his first Open whilst at Royal Cinque Ports, England's Matthew Southgate booked his ticket for the third time in four years. Southgate won’t have to go through qualifying this year after his top-10 finish at Royal Birkdale. Canada's Austin Connelly claimed the final place at Royal Birkdale and made the most of his appearance by finishing tied-14th.