Final Three Open Spots Secured Following Thrilling Scottish Open Finale

Byeong Hun An, David Lingmerth and Nicolai Hojgaard all qualified for The Open following their high-placed finishes in Scotland

Byeong Hun An and Nicolai Hojgaard
Byeong Hun An and Nicolai Hojgaard have made the field for Hoylake
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Byeong Hun An and David Lingmerth finished tied third at the Scottish Open to earn a golden ticket to Hoylake, as Danish star Nicolai Hojgaard secured the third and final qualifying spot at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

The trio booked their places at Royal Liverpool as the highest finishers in the Scottish Open, who were not already exempt, with South Korean , An, who finished ten-under, five strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy, admitting he now needed to get his clothes cleaned for The Open next week.

An, who closed with a final round 70, said: “It feels great. Hoylake was my first Open as a pro in 2014. I had a good finish. I can’t wait to go back there. I am looking forward to it. I remember the place. It's a great golf course.

"I wasn’t expecting to go back, I have to go and do my laundry. At least I have a lot of warm clothes. I've got everything, just need to do laundry so that will be my whole afternoon. The Open wasn't in my mind but it was good preparation playing the links course the week before. Hopefully I can keep this up and play a little better."

An, ranked 131st in the world, finished tied 26th the last time The Open was at Hoylake with a final round 72 for a four-under finish. On Sunday, he kept calm despite finding the high winds in Scotland very testing. He went on to add: “With these windy conditions it is hard to putt. Even taps-in are not easy but I grinded it out and made some good putts coming in.”

An talks with his caddie during the Scottish Open

An during the final round of the Scottish Open

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The tough conditions did not deter Lingmerth, who carded 66 and a final 68 over the weekend to storm up the leaderboard. It ensured he and An tied with Scottie Scheffler, the World No. 1, who closed with a 70. The crucial moments for the Swede came when Lingmerth reached the par 5 10th in two for a birdie and drove the green on the downwind 13th, which was 373 yards, to set up another.

Hojgaard also impressed on the back nine as he qualified for The Open to join his twin brother, Rasmus, in the field at Hoylake. Hojgaard carded a final round three-under 67 after an eagle on the 13th and birdies on the 15th and 16th. His eagle was particularly impressive after driving the ball on to the green before sinking his putt.

James Nursey

James Nursey is a freelance contributor to Golf Monthly after spending over 20 years as a sports reporter in newspapers. During a 17-year career with the Daily Mirror, he covered mainly football but reported from The Open annually and also covered a Ryder Cup and three US Opens. He counts a pre-tournament exclusive with Justin Rose at Merion in 2013 as one of his most memorable as the Englishman went on to win his first Major and later repeated much of the interview in his winner’s speech.  Now, after choosing to leave full-time work in newspapers, James, who is a keen single-figure player, is writing about golf more.  His favourite track is the Old Course after attending St Andrews University but has since played mainly at Edgbaston, where he is a member. James’ golfing highlights include a hole-in-one and previously winning the club championship and scratch knock-out at Edgbaston. He is also an active member of the Association of Golf Writers and Press Golfing Society, for whom he has represented in matches. But he is just as happy hitting balls or playing the odd hole with his young daughter at their local club Shrewsbury.

James is currently playing: 
Driver: Ping G400
3 wood: Ping i20
Hybrid: Ping i20
Irons: Ping i500 4-SW
Wedges: Ping Glide forged 50, 56
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour
Ball: Titleist ProVIx