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Final Qualifying


Rose and Garcia among notable names

Justin Rose smiling in the rain

Major winners, club pros and aspiring amateurs are among the 288 competitors hoping to punch their ticket to The 152nd Open at this year's Final Qualifying.

Burnham and Berrow, Dundonald Links, Royal Cinque Ports and West Lancashire will each stage 36-hole stroke play events on Tuesday, with a minimum of four qualifying places available at each venue.

You will be able to follow all the action in our live blog, which will be available here from 6:30am on Tuesday, and for the first time on Final Qualifying Radio, which will be broadcast on and R&A TV from 4pm.

With The 152nd Open fast approaching, Final Qualifying represents one of the last opportunities to secure a place at Royal Troon. You can find the full draw here.

Countless great stories have emerged from Final Qualifying in years gone by, notably last year when Matthew Jordan advanced to his home club of Royal Liverpool and hit the first shot of The 151st Open.

Matthew Jordan

This year’s field is packed full of star quality and includes former world number one and 2018 Open runner-up Justin Rose, who is seeking a repeat of 1998 when he progressed from Hillside before sensationally finishing fourth at neighbouring Royal Birkdale as a 17-year-old amateur.

The Olympic gold medallist and 2013 US Open champion tees up at Burnham & Berrow, a new venue for this year, and the only course with a one-tee start.

Rose gets his first round underway at 9.30am and will be joined by another former low amateur at The Open, three-time DP World Tour winner Chris Wood, as well as Jovan Rebula, the winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship.

Justin Rose 2018 Carnoustie 3

Fresh off his first DP World Tour win, Laurie Canter is also in action in the South West and plays alongside Brandon Robinson Thompson, who came through Final Qualifying at Royal Porthcawl in 2023, and India’s Anirban Lahiri, who is chasing a seventh Open appearance.

Sergio Garcia is the star attraction at West Lancashire, where he returns for the second year running after narrowly missing out on The Open for the first time in 25 years.

Sergio Garcia

The 2017 Masters winner tees up alongside Sam Bairstow, who navigated Final Qualifying in 2021 and 2022, and Alex Maguire, who made his Open debut at Royal Liverpool last year after winning The Open Amateur Series.

As well as more experienced names like 2010 Ryder Cup player Jeff Overton and 2015 Open runner-up Marc Leishman, there are a host of talented amateurs on show including Jose Luis Ballester, James Ashfield, Jack Bigham and Tiger Christensen, the latter of which came through FQ at the same venue last year.

There is an international flavour at Royal Cinque Ports, headlined by 2018 Ryder Cup winner Alex Noren.

Alex Noren in action at The 151st Open

The Swede has two top-10 Open finishes to his name and showed his class when coming tied-12th at the PGA Championship in May, his best finish at a major for five years.

The pick of the groups on the Deal coast sees Branden Grace, who holds the record for the lowest round in an Open, joined by three-time DP World Tour winner Antoine Rozner and the red-hot Thomas Detry, newly into the world’s top 50. All three qualified at Royal Cinque Ports last year.

Also at Cinque Ports, Graeme McDowell bids for a first Open appearance in five years. The 2010 US Open champion plays alongside Matthew Southgate.

Graeme McDowell at The 148th Open

Dundonald is within touching distance of Troon and for the 72 players teeing off on the Ayrshire coast, a place at The 152nd Open will never feel more tantalising.

Dundonald's field includes Swede Adam Wallin, who shot a stunning nine-under round at Moor Park in Regional Qualifying, and Robert Rock, who came through at Kedleston Park to set up the prospect of two major appearances in as many months, five years on from his last Open outing.

An eye-catching group features Rafa Cabrera Bello and Stephen Gallacher – both of whom have vast Open experience – and former World Amateur Golf Ranking number one Peter Uihlein.

Tom McKibbin, meanwhile, will be hungry for more after playing alongside Scottie Scheffler in the final round of the US Open. The 21-year-old tasted victory on his rookie DP World Tour season last year and hails from Holywood, the same home club as Rory McIlroy.

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