Open Championship spots on offer at Royal Sydney

The Emirates Australian Open has received an additional shot in the arm with the R&A announcing three qualifying places in The Open Championship will be determined at Royal Sydney from 28 November – 1 December.

A new international qualifying series is being introduced for The Open Championship which returns to Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) next year, replacing the International Final Qualifying (IFQ) which involved 36-hole qualifying events in Australasia, Asia, Africa, America and Europe.

Peter Dawson Peter Dawson – Chief Executive of The R&A (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

The Open Qualifying Series will comprise 14 events in nine countries on five continents and will offer players the opportunity to qualify for golf’s oldest Major Championship at events on the PGA Tour, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.

Nine qualifying places will be available on both the PGA and European Tours. Players will be able to qualify on the PGA Tour at each of the AT&T National, The Greenbrier Classic and the John Deere Classic whilst in Europe, opportunities will be on offer at the Irish Open, the Alstom Open de France and the Scottish Open prior to The Open.

Qualifying places will also be available at the Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour, The Open Qualifying Series – Thailand and the Joburg Open in South Africa.

Golf Australia Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pitt said the announcement was a terrific development for one of the most respected championships in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Naturally we are delighted that the Emirates Australian Open has been chosen as the host championship for The Open Qualifying Series – Australia. It adds further prestige to Australia’s most coveted title and gives our competitors a wonderful opportunity to earn direct qualification into golf’s oldest Major,” Pitt said.

Peter Dawson, the Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “This is a significant change to the qualifying process for The Open and one which will make the Championship as open as possible to players from around the world.”

“The new Open Qualifying Series will create an exciting build-up to The Open as players bid to secure their places in the weeks leading up to the Championship. We believe it will enhance the qualification process by giving players the opportunity to qualify at 72-hole championships as well as being more convenient in terms of their scheduling.

“We are very much looking forward to The Open 2014 Qualifying Series getting underway next month in Australia.”