Four players set to qualify for #TheOpen in Singapore

Tue 17 Jan 2017

Four players set to qualify for #TheOpen in Singapore

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St Andrews, Scotland, January 16: Four players will qualify for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale when The Open Qualifying Series arrives in Singapore this week.


The SMBC Singapore Open, hosted by Sentosa Golf Club and jointly sanctioned between the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour, is part of the Series for the first time in 2017.


Two-time Champion Golfer of the Year Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, and defending champion Younghan Song are all scheduled to play in Singapore’s national Open. Korea’s Song recorded a narrow victory over then world number one Jordan Spieth in a dramatic Monday play-off to win the 2016 title.


Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director - Championships at The R&A, said, “Over the past three years, The Open Qualifying Series has created an exciting build-up to the Championship as players around the world bid to secure their places in The Open.


“We are delighted to bring the Series to the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club for the very first time and we are looking forward to seeing what promises to be an exciting championship unfold.”


Originally offering two places, the SMBC Singapore Open will now allow four players to secure a place in golf’s most international major championship.


Dominic Wall, Director – Asia-Pacific at The R&A, said, “We have reviewed our plans for The Open Qualifying Series with the Asian Tour after some changes to their schedule and have increased the number of places on offer in Singapore this year from two to four.


“We look forward to welcoming the four players to Royal Birkdale and to continuing to work with the Asian Tour on the qualifying process for The Open in the future.”


Four players who finish in the top twelve and ties, who are not already exempt, will earn places in the field at Royal Birkdale, 16-23 July 2017.


Sentosa Golf Club, a previous venue for International Final Qualifying for The Open, is the site of The R&A’s new Asia-Pacific office, and will host The Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, co-founded by The R&A, the Masters Tournament and Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, in 2018.


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Notes to Editors:


The revised schedule for The Open Qualifying Series is below. Please note that the Ho Tram Players Championship is no longer part of the Series for 2017.


The Open Qualifying Series will offer the following 44 places in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale:













































































The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
TOQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open

17-20 November 2016

Royal Sydney Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-SingaporeSMBC Singapore Open

19-22 January 2017

Sentosa Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-South AfricaJoburg Open

23-26 February 2017

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-JapanGateway to The Open Mizuno Open

25-28 May 2017

JFE Setonaikai Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-USAQuicken Loans National

29 June - 2 July 2017

TPC Potomac
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-Final Qualifying4 July 2017

Gailes Links

Hillside

Royal Cinque Ports

Woburn (Marquess)
12Three places available at each venue
TOQS-FranceHNA Open de France

29 June - 2 July 2017

Le Golf National
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-IrelandDubai Duty Free Irish Open

6-9 July 2017

Portstewart Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic

6-9 July 2017

The Old White TPC
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

13-16 July 2017

Dundonald Links
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAJohn Deere Classic

13-16 July 2017

TPC Deere Run
1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties

The Open


The 146th Open will be played at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July 2017.


The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic British and Irish links courses, it is the sport’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.


Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.


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