R&A to increase qualifying spots for The 149th Open


Shane Lowry's arms aloft taking the crowds applause on his way to securing victory during the final round of the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

The R&A is to increase the number of places available at Final Qualifying for The 149th Open at Royal St George’s.

A minimum of 12 places are now on offer through Final Qualifying and the leading three golfers in the events taking place at Hollinwell (home of Notts), Prince’s, St Annes Old Links and West Lancashire on Tuesday 29 June will qualify for the Championship being played from 11-18 July.

Entries need to be submitted to The R&A by Thursday 20 May via TheOpen.com. All Regional and Final Qualifying events will be played behind closed doors due to health and safety measures minimising the risk of Covid-19.

A new exemption has also been added to allow a minimum of two golfers not already exempt to earn places in The 149th Open through the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open being played at The Renaissance Club from 8-11 July. The leading non-exempt golfers will qualify to tee it up at the famous Kent links.

The full list of exemptions for The 149th Open at Royal St George’s is available via TheOpen.com


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