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Regional Qualifying and Final Qualifying

Player Entry Information


Regional and Final Qualifying (RQ & FQ) will be played at Hollinwell, Prince’s (Shore & Dunes), St Annes Old Links and West Lancashire.

Golfers entering RQ will compete over 18 holes of stroke play at one of the four venues on Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 June.

Successful qualifiers will then progress to FQ at the same venue on Tuesday 29 June and contend for a place in golf’s original championship over 36 holes of stroke play.

A minimum of 12 places into The 149th Open will be on offer through FQ, with a starting field of 288 golfers across the four venues.


Entries open: Monday 15 March

Closing date: Thursday 20 May

The R&A operate a no refund policy for any withdrawal after closing date. 

For FQ exempt categories please see here.

For further information contact Jonathan Tippetts-Aylmer (Entries Manager - Championships) on email:

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Entrants will be permitted to book one complimentary practice round at their venue.

Regional Qualifying: Bookings are at the discretion of the host venues and must be made in advance. Please note practice may not be available on Friday 25 June. Further details relating to the booking procedure and availability will be published upon closing date.

Final Qualifying: Official practice Monday 28 June


COVID-19 protocols

The R&A has confirmed that all Regional and Final Qualifying events will be played behind closed doors with no spectators. Access to each venue will be restricted to players, caddies, volunteers and officials only. This is due to the health and safety measures that are required to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission at each venue. We understand that spectators will be disappointed, but will hopefully appreciate that these measures are necessary in the current circumstances.

Players are encouraged to visit for further information as it becomes available. Players will also be notified via email.

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