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The Claret Jug at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard


The Open Qualifying Series USA

Chris Kirk & Talor Gooch
Tournament winner: Scottie Scheffler
the course
Bay Hill

The Open Qualifying Series USA

Chris Kirk and Talor Gooch qualified for The 150th Open at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard as Scottie Scheffler claimed a hard-fought victory at Bay Hill.

Three spots at St Andrews were on offer to the highest-placed finishers inside the top 10 who were not already exempt.

However, Kirk and Gooch, who tied for fifth and seventh respectively, were the only players seeking qualification to finish high enough on the leaderboard, with each of the remaining men in the top 10 having already booked their spots in The 150th Open.

Scheffler ultimately coped best with a demanding Bay Hill layout as he closed with an even-par 72 to finish on five under and pip Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton and Billy Horschel by one.

Kirk was firmly in contention for victory when he made back-to-back birdies at the 12th and 13th to reach five under. Bogeys followed at the next two holes, but he could still be satisfied with a closing 72 that put him two behind Scheffler and comfortably secured a place at St Andrews.

He will now make his fourth appearance at The Open, with his best finish to date a tie for 19th at Royal Liverpool in 2014.

Chris Kirk with the Claret Jug

Gooch, who made his Open debut at Royal St George’s in 2021 and tied for 33rd, showed great character to seal an instant return to golf’s original Championship.

Having begun the final round tied for the lead with Horschel at seven under, Gooch fell back to level par courtesy of a front-nine 43.

However, he fought back superbly on the inward nine, coming home in two under without any dropped shots to share seventh and ensure he will join Kirk at the Home of Golf in July.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

View the final leaderboard from the 2022 Arnold Palmer Invitational


Final Leaderboard

Position Player Country Score Open Status
1 Scottie Scheffler United States -5 Exempt
T2  Tyrrell Hatton England -4 Exempt
T2 Viktor Hovland Norway -4 Exempt
T2 Billy Horschel United States -4 Exempt
T5 Chris Kirk United States -3 Qualifier
T5 Gary Woodland United States -3 Exempt
T7 Talor Gooch United States -2 Qualifier
T7 Lucas Herbert Australia -2 Exempt
T9 Sam Burns United States -1 Exempt
T9 Matt Fitzpatrick England -1 Exempt

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