Ian Poulter Confirmed For Open Qualifying Event In Hong Kong

The Englishman will try to book his spot in the 151st Open at next month's World City Championship in Hong Kong

Ian Poulter hits a drive at the LIV Mayakoba event
Poulter is not in any of the year's Majors this year as things stand
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Ian Poulter will attempt to qualify for the 151st Open Championship at next month's World City Championship in Hong Kong, taking place on the Asian Tour.

The event will offer up four places in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in July, with the LIV player hoping to book his spot in the oldest Major for the 21st time.

Poulter will be joined by fellow Majesticks teammate Henrik Stenson, although the Swede is in the Open already thanks to his stunning triumph at Royal Troon in 2016. Other LIV Golf players may also opt to tee it up in the event, taking place at Hong Kong Golf Club from 23-26 March.

Poulter told the Telegraph at the LIV Golf League opener in Mexico last week that he is regarding Hong Kong as "my qualifier for The Open", with LIV players' futures on the DP World Tour yet to be decided following the Arbitration Panel Hearing at Sports Resolutions earlier in the month.

“Without knowing the outcome of the hearing, I am regarding Hong Kong as my qualifier for The Open," Poulter told The Telegraph. "I don't want to miss Hoylake, but that might prove my only chance. If I do not make it, people will probably say, ‘well, that’s the end of him’. It wouldn't be. I’ll keep battling. I’m back to my fighting weight after all.”

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Poulter, who won the 2010 Hong Kong Open, said: “Hong Kong is one of my favourite places and I am looking forward to coming back to Asia’s World City for the inaugural WCC.”

The Englishman currently ranks 149th in the world. His best Major finish came in the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, where he was runner-up to Padraig Harrington.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

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Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

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