The Open: Justin Rose headlines 16 avid gamers who made it to Troon



Englishman Justin Rose will head again to The Open Championship at Royal Troon after carding an 8-under 134 at Burnham and Berrow—one of the vital 4 qualifying websites scattered around the British Isles.

It’ll mark Rose’s nineteenth look in golfing’s oldest main, along with his easiest end coming in 2018, when he tied for 2nd at Carnoustie. The 2013 U.S. Open winner additionally performed at Royal Troon in 2016, tying for twenty second.

“Every now and then you’re taking it without any consideration—you’re exempt, you flip up and play for a few years, however as you grow older, issues get a bit of tougher, so in many ways, it’s just right to must qualify as it makes you recognize The Open a bit of extra and the way particular it’s,” Rose mentioned after.

“Coming again to Burnham and Berrow was once additionally particular—first time again right here since 1997. I used to be thankful to be again right here and stroll down reminiscence lane.”

Rose performed spectacularly, tying fellow Englishman Dominic Clemmons—an novice—atop the leaderboard. Mexican Abraham Ancer and Swede Charlie Lindh will sign up for those two avid gamers in The Open from Southwest England.

Dominic Clemons, Abraham Ancer, Charlie Lindh, Justin Rose, The Open, Burnham and Berrow

The 4 avid gamers who certified from Burnham and Berrow, from left to proper: Dominic Clemons, Abraham Ancer, Charlie Lindh, and Justin Rose.
Photograph by means of Luke Walker/R&A by the use of Getty Photographs

Ancer, Lindh, and Indian Anirban Lahiri completed at 5-under, striking this trio in a 3-for-2 playoff to decide who would pass to Royal Troon. However Lahiri didn’t make par at the first additional hollow, whilst the opposite two controlled to take action, thus finishing Lahiri’s bid of returning to The Open.

Miracles at Dundonald Hyperlinks

Beginner Jack MacDonald, who grew up mins from Royal Troon, tired a 25-footer for birdie at the first playoff hollow to clinch a place within the 152nd Open box. He defeated Swede Tim Widing, who has a couple of wins at the Korn Ferry Excursion this season, and fellow Scotsman Daniel Younger.

However that was once no longer the one magic produced at Dundonald on Tuesday.

Ángel Hidalgo, who hails from Spain and hasn’t ever performed in a big championship, tired a 120-yard wedge shot for an eagle two at the par-4 ninth—his ultimate hollow of the day—to jump as much as 5-under total and e book a price ticket to Troon. Discuss seize.

At 26 years outdated, Hidalgo hasn’t ever gained at the DP Global Excursion, however he does have one victory to his title at the Problem Excursion—the Eu an identical of the Korn Ferry Excursion.

“I’m nonetheless shaking,” Hidalgo mentioned of his miraculous shot.

Ángel Hidalgo, The Open

Ángel Hidalgo reacts to his miraculous ultimate shot that were given him into the 152nd Open.
Photograph by means of Mark Runnacles/R&A by the use of Getty Photographs

“The second one shot was once highest distance. It was once the primary time all day I had a complete membership and at that form of second. With nerves I like to have a complete membership. I didn’t see the ball pass in however to be fair I don’t care. I simply jumped and cried with my caddie, and we deserve it. We battle so much. All this 12 months we’ve no longer in reality had any good fortune so for it to after all happen in The Open can be a in reality just right present.”

In the meantime, Englishman Sam Hutsby didn’t want any past due miracles. He earned medalist honors at Dundonald because of a super 8-under 136 over 36 holes. Hutsby completed 3 transparent of Hidalgo and Irish novice Liam Nolan, who hails from Galway on Eire’s west coast. It’ll mark Hutsby and Nolan’s first main look.

“It’s laborious to procedure the truth that I’m going to The Open,” Nolan mentioned.

“I’m taking a look ahead to the whole thing: the crowds, it being in Scotland, the House of Golfing, and, yeah, I simply can’t wait to head.”

Playoff at Royal Cinque Ports

Matthew Southgate set the tempo and gained medalist honors in Southeast England, preventing again tears after he made it to Royal Troon. However Royal Cinque Ports noticed various different drama spread on Tuesday.

Australian Elvis Smylie and Spanish novice Jaime Montojo completed at 3-under par, thus reserving tickets to Ayrshire. However this serves as a full-circle second for Smylie, the left-hander from the Gold Coast.

“Simply pronouncing that I’ve certified for The Open provides me goosebumps,” Smylie mentioned.

Elvis Smylie, The Open, Final Qualifying

Elvis Smylie poses with an Open flag after making it to Royal Troon.
Photograph by means of Tom Dulat/R&A by the use of Getty Photographs

“The ultimate time I went to The Open was once at Royal Troon in 2016, when I used to be 14 years outdated. Going there as a spectator 8 years in the past and now going again as a competitor—I don’t know what to mention. I simply can’t watch for the revel in. I’ve already FaceTimed my dad, who’s again in Australia, and he mentioned he’ll e book a flight over. My mum is already over right here commentating on Wimbledon, so everybody will come and watch me at Troon. I’m very excited.”

Each Smylie and Montojo will make their main debuts at Royal Troon.

A playoff between LIV Golfing’s Branden Grace—the primary guy to shoot a 62 in a big championship—Jamie Rutherford and Spanish novice Luis Masaveu made up our minds the general spot from Royal Cinque Ports.

Masaveu gained with a birdie on the second one additional hollow, turning into the sixteenth novice to clinch a place on this 12 months’s Open box.

However, a notable title didn’t qualify from Royal Cinque Ports: 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. Thomas Detry additionally failed to complete a number of the best 4.

West Lanchasire sends 3 Englishmen to Royal Troon

Sergio Garcia headlined the sector at West Lancashire, and for the second one 12 months in a row, the 2017 Masters champion got here up brief. He’s going to no longer make his one centesimal main championship get started; he’ll achieve this at Augusta Nationwide subsequent April as an alternative.

So, with Garcia no longer making the reduce, West Lanchasire noticed two Englishmen end atop the leaderboard as an alternative: Sam Horsfield of LIV Golfing and novice Matthew Dodd-Berry.

Horsfield and Dodd-Berry completed at 6-under par.

“It’s the best second of my profession and the whole thing that I’ve been running against, even if I must have most definitely accomplished it a 12 months previous and performed at Royal Liverpool,” Dodd-Berry mentioned.

The Open, Final Qualifying, West Lancashire

From left to proper: Sam Horsfield, Matthew Dodd-Berry, Daniel Brown, and Masahiro Kawamura pose all through Ultimate Qualifying for The Open at West Lancashire.
Photograph by means of Jan Kruger/R&A by the use of Getty Photographs

“I’m in reality excited to get to Troon.”

Horsfield could also be keen to move to Ayrshire for the 152nd Open.

“I all the time say to everybody that The Open is my favourite main,” Horsfield mentioned.

“I’d by no means had that feeling earlier than, the only after they name your title at the first tee—that was once the best revel in. I’m in reality taking a look ahead to getting again and confidently proceeding to play smartly. Those are the levels you wish to have to play on.”

Englishman Daniel Brown and Japan’s Misahiro Kawamura completed their 36 holes one stroke at the back of Horsfield and Dodd-Berry at 5-under, thus rounding out the 4 spots awarded at West Lancashire.

Jack Milko is a golfing group of workers author for SB Country’s Enjoying Via. Make sure to take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golfing protection. You’ll practice him on Twitter @jack_milko as smartly.



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