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Final Qualifying


Bairstow among 16 qualifiers on day of drama

Matthew Jordan and Sam Bairstow celebrate qualifying for The 150th Open

A thrilling day of Final Qualifying saw 16 more golfers secure their spots in The 150th Open.

Play-offs were required at three of the four Final Qualifying venues as the race for places in St Andrews went down to the wire.

You can view full reports on all four events here: Fairmont St Andrews | Hollinwell | Prince's | St Annes Old Links


Sam Bairstow bounced back from the disappointment of losing The Amateur Championship final by qualifying at St Annes Old Links for the second year in succession.

Bairstow and Marcus Armitage – another past qualifier at St Annes in 2018 – topped the leaderboard on eight-under-par, ahead of Matthew Jordan, who finished on seven-under.

The final place at St Annes Old Links was secured by John Parry, who overcame Daniel Kay on the second hole of a play-off after both men had impressively birdied the first.

Along with Bairstow, there was also an amateur qualifier at Hollinwell, where 2021 Walker Cup player Barclay Brown proved the class of the field with a four-under aggregate.

Richard Mansell and Oliver Farr came in three shots behind Brown to also seal their qualification, the former progressing at Hollinwell for the second year running, before Marco Penge finished on level-par to claim the final spot available.

At a wet and windy Fairmont St Andrews, rounds of 68 and 69 saw Ireland’s David Carey win by four shots on seven-under-par. Robert Dinwiddie (-3) also qualified automatically along the coast from The 150th Open venue, before Lars van Meijel and Alex Wrigley progressed from a play-off that also included Aaron Rai – all three men having finished on two-under.

The other four spots were secured at Prince’s, where Matthew Ford topped the leaderboard on five-under, ahead of Jamie Rutherford (-3) and Ronan Mullarney (-3).

A five-man play-off was required for the final place, which was won by Jack Floydd courtesy of a birdie on the first extra hole.

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