Four young golfers qualify for The Open in Singapore

Sentosa, Singapore, January 21: Jazz Janewattananond, Danthai Boonma, Sean Crocker and Lucas Herbert secured their places in The 147th Open after qualifying at the SMBC Singapore Open today.

The tournament is co-sanctioned between the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour and was the third event in The Open Qualifying Series, which gives players the chance to book their place at Carnoustie from 15-22 July 2018.

All four players will make their first appearance in The Open at the iconic Scottish links after finishing as the leading four players in the top 12 and ties who were not already exempt.

Janewattananond and Boonma, both from Thailand, finished tied for fourth place on an eight-under-par total of 276, six strokes behind winner Sergio Garcia and one shot behind Satoshi Kodaira and Shaun Norris who were tied for second place. Garcia, Kodaira and Norris have already secured their places in The Open this July.

Janewattananond grasped the first qualifying place courtesy of his higher position in the Official World Golf Ranking and carded a steady level-par 71 during today’s final round on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.

Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand

Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand

“I wasn’t expecting to qualify for The Open today, but I am glad that I am in. I am very excited about teeing it up at Carnoustie, but also very nervous about playing in it even though it is a few months away. It is a dream come true to be playing The Open. I can’t wait to be there,” he said.

Boonma took the second qualifying place despite posting a round of 73, two-over-par, and can look back on yesterday’s third round 65 as a primary factor in leading to his debut appearance in golf’s most international major championship.

He said: ““I am very happy and proud of qualifying for The Open, which is my first major championship. I am looking forward to the challenge and experience of playing Carnoustie.”

Danthai Boonma of Thailand

Danthai Boonma of Thailand

Crocker rolled in four birdies on his way to a two-under-par 69 to finish tied for sixth place with Emirates Australian Open champion Cameron Davis, who secured his place in The Open in November last year following his win at The Australian Golf Club.

The American, who is the son of Zimbabwean international cricketer Gary Crocker and has been mentored by 1994 Champion Golfer of the Year Nick Price, claimed the third qualifying place on a seven-under-par total of 277.

Herbert finished in a tie for eighth place one shot further back on six-under-par alongside Gavin Green, Miguel Tabuena and Berry Henson.

Green had already sealed his place at Carnoustie after topping the 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit and Herbert faced a nervous moment when Henson had a birdie putt to move to seven-under-par on the final hole.

The Australian’s anxiety turned to elation as the attempt fell short of the hole and Herbert secured the final qualifying place courtesy of his higher position in the Official World Golf Ranking, ahead of both Henson and Tabuena.