Had a chance to be part of the action at Sandwich when he reached the quarter-finals of June’s Amateur Championship at Nairn. From three up after six holes he then lost on the final green to eventual winner Laird Shepherd, but they will be back competing together again after Bairstow took the second of three spots on offer in the 36-hole Final Qualifier at St Annes Old Links.
The 22 year-old Sheffield left-hander, a former North of England stroke play champion and winner of the Hampshire Salver in 2019, had nine birdies in a course-record 63 and followed up with a 69 to finish on 12 under par.
The England’s men’s squad member said: “I can’t really believe it to be honest. I had four good weeks up in Scotland playing a lot of links courses and to come back to another felt like second nature.
“It’s going to be amazing to be in The Open. To play in it will be an absolute honour - definitely at the top of my career so far.”
He started playing aged 12 at a driving range, where a Hallowes club member spotted him and suggested he join.