Count down to The Open 2018: who has qualified already?
With The Emirates Australian Open, Joburg Open and the SMBC Singapore Open already completed, (and another ten qualifying events to come), let’s take a look at the players who have already secured their tee-off spot at the Open at Carnoustie Links, Scotland.
The 2018 is set to be an exciting mix of long-time favourites and new up-and-comers with seven of the ten already-qualified players making their Open debut.
They will compete with a field of past Open Champions as well as the current first 50 players on the Official World Golf Rankings.
— Click the player’s names to read their PGA player profile (source: The Open) —
Emirates Australian Open: November 2017
Jonas Blixt, Sweden: Returns to the Championship after a tie for second place at November’s Emirates Australian Open, part of The Open Qualifying Series with three places up for grabs.
Cameron Davis, Australia (on debut): World-ranked 1,494th when he pulled off an astonishing victory at November’s Emirates Australian Open in his home city Sydney and with it being the first event of The Open Qualifying Series he could immediately make plans for a debut appearance in the championship at Carnoustie.
Matt Jones, Australia: Earned his place at Carnoustie with a tie for second at November’s Emirates Australian Open – first of The Open Qualifying Series with three places on offer.
Joburg Open, December 2017
Shaun Norris, South Africa: Two closing birdies lifted Norris into a tie for third place at December’s Joburg Open in his home city and because his world ranking was slightly higher than Finn Tapio Pulkkanen – 192nd to 197th thanks to a runner-up finish in Japan the week before – he was the one to take the last of the Carnoustie places up for grabs with the co-sanctioned event part of The Open Qualifying Series.
Shubhankar Sharma, India (on debut): Was playing only his 10th European Tour event when he shot a second round 61 and went on to capture the co-sanctioned Joburg Open by three strokes in December.
Erik Van Rooyen, South Africa (on debut): Finished third on the 2017 European Challenge Tour in November and back on home soil a month later earned himself a start at Carnoustie by finishing runner-up to India’s Shubhankar Sharma in the co-sanctioned Joburg Open, part of The Open Qualifying Series offering three places. After attending the University of Minnesota and winning the state amateur championship van Rooyen turned professional in 2013.
SMBC Singapore Open, January 2018
Danthai Boonma, Thailand (on debut): World-ranked 314th when he finished joint fourth in January’s SMBC Singapore Open to secure a first Open Championship start.
Shaun Crocker, USA (on debut): Joint sixth in January’s SMBC Singapore Open was good enough to give Crocker – world-ranked 757th and recipient of a invitation to the event just four months into his professional career – a first Open Championship start.
Lucas Herbert, Australia (on debut): Had the chance to grab a first Open spot last November when he led his home Australian Open by two strokes heading into the back nine, but after slipping to joint sixth he did not have long to wait.
Jazz Janewattananond, Thailand (on debut): Earned a championship debut with a tie for fourth alongside fellow Thai Danthai Boonma in January’s SMBC Singapore Open, part of The Open Qualifying Series with four places on offer.
Stay tuned for more updates on the line-up for the 2018 Open as more players qualify.