A host of notable names and familiar faces will be in action at 15 of Great Britain and Ireland's finest courses as Regional Qualifying for The 150th Open takes place on Monday.
Places in Final Qualifying will be up for grabs at Alwoodley, The Buckinghamshire, Burhill, Caldy, County Louth, Fairhaven, Frilford Heath, Goswick, Kedleston Park, Lindrick, Minchinhampton, Moor Park, Northamptonshire County, Panmure and Rochester & Cobham Park.
Those progressing to Final Qualifying – taking place on June 28 at Fairmont St Andrews, Hollinwell, Prince's and St Annes Old Links - will then be just 36 holes from a potential place in The 150th Open, with a minimum of 12 places in the landmark Championship up for grabs.
As ever, the starting fields for the 15 RQ events feature an intriguing mix of individuals. You can view the draw in full here.
Vastly experienced tour professionals in action include Simon Khan, Iain Pyman and Graeme Storm, while the latter pair, who won The Amateur Championship in 1993 and 1999 respectively, are joined by several other past winners of that event, including Bradley Neil (2014), Scott Gregory (2016), Harry Ellis (2017) and James Sugrue (2019).
George Bryan - one half of the Bryan Bros - and Scott Herald, a senior instructor at the St Andrews Links Golf Academy, will have cameras following their progress as they feature in our Road To The Open series.
James Robinson, Peter Finch and Chris Lewis all return for another crack at Regional Qualifying after featuring in last year's Road To The Open episodes. Sam Forgan, the star of last year's series who memorably qualified for The 149th Open, is exempt for Final Qualifying after playing at Royal St George's.
Other standout names in this year’s Regional Qualifying include Kipp Popert, ranked second in the world among golfers with a disability. The 23-year-old Englishman, who has cerebral palsy and has undergone 10 surgeries on his legs and feet, played in The Amateur Championship this week and is understood to be the first golfer with a disability to do so.
Several Regional Qualifying entrants boast famous fathers, with Austin Lemieux (the son of ice hockey legend Mario), James Conteh (the son of boxing world champion John), Jason Pelley (the son of DP World Tour CEO Keith), Sam Broadhurst (the son of two-time Senior Major Champion Paul) and Craig Lawrie (the son of 1999 Open Champion Paul) all set to compete.
Over 40 nationalities will be represented, with golfers from Ghana, Bolivia, Malta, Colombia, Bermuda and Jordan due to participate.
There will also be a host of richly talented amateurs aiming to qualify for St Andrews, while veteran PGA professional Alan Gibson – who featured in a recent episode of The Open Podcasts – will once more be involved, having first tried to qualify back in 1982.
To keep up with all of the action from Regional Qualifying, follow our live blog from 6:30am on Monday.