Returned to The Open in 2021 after a 12-year gap and at the age of 38, thanks to his joint fourth-place finish at the 2020 South African Open.
Three places at Royal St George’s were up for grabs and, with runner-up Louis Oosthuizen already exempt, Ahlers claimed the last of them by virtue of the fact his world ranking of 217th was eight better than England’s Jack Senior, who also ended up on 15 under par.
Ahlers has nine Sunshine Tour victories to his name, the first four of which were all achieved in play-offs. His maiden win in 2009 came a month after his Open debut at Turnberry, which he qualified for through the 36-hole African International Qualifying event.
He started to play golf at the age of 11 in Skukuza Golf Club, which is set within the confines of South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park. He has also played on the Asian and Canadian Tours, while he first made his mark in a European Tour co-sanctioned event when he tied for ninth at the 2011 South African Open.
Ahlers achieved his highest world ranking of 139th on winning the 2015 Investec Cup.