Four Open Championship spots up for grabs for Phelan & co in Singapore

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Four Open Championship spots up for grabs for Phelan & co in Singapore

Kevin Phelan (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

If there wasn’t enough to play for with the potential of a lucrative Saudi International start, now those teeing up at this week’s Singapore Open also have the opportunity to play their way into the 150th Open at St. Andrews.

The R&A has revealed that leading four players who finish in the top-12 and ties at the SMBC Singapore Open who are not already exempt will earn places at the historic Home of Golf showpiece from 10-17 July this summer.

The SMBC Singapore Open is the second event in The Open Qualifying Series and will be played over the Serapong Course at Sentosa in Singapore from Thursday. Paul Casey is the only player in the field currently exempt for St. Andrews, giving the likes of Waterford’s Kevin Phelan a huge opportunity should it all click this week in Singapore.

The 31-year old Asian Tour regular finds himself languishing in 114th spot on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit having earned just over $6,000 from three starts but one big week could see him play his way to The Open while bursting inside the top-30 on the standings to also book his place at Royal Greens Golf Club to compete alongside the likes of Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell and Dustin Johnson in the $5 million Saudi event.

In the event of a tie for a qualifying place, the player with the higher ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at the beginning of the week commencing 17 January will be awarded a place in The 150th Open. Phelan is currently ranked 1715 in the world.

With so much on the line this week at the $1.25 million event at Sentosa Golf Club, the 2019 Asian Tour graduate is hoping he can get out of his own way in order to produce his best stuff when it matters most:

“My game’s been good for a while, but when it comes to scoring, it’s more a matter of staying out of my own way and fully engaging in the shots as opposed to forcing a score,” Phelan told Irish Golf Desk.

FreeSports will have live and exclusive coverage from Singapore beginning this Thursday morning at 5am.

FreeSports is a free to air sports channel operating in the UK and Ireland. In Ireland, FreeSports is available on channel 422 on Sky.

  • Full TV schedule can be found HERE

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