Trey Mullinax Secures Final Open Spot With Barbasol Championship Win

After producing a birdie at the final hole, it was American, Trey Mullinax, who secured his first PGA Tour title and the final spot at St Andrews

Mullinax fist pumps after holing a birdie putt to win
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In a contest for not only a Tour title, but also an Open Championship spot, it was American, Trey Mullinax, who came out on top, with a clutch birdie at the 72nd hole giving him a one shot win over fellow countryman, Kevin Streelman.

After the Genesis Scottish Open, it was time to move on to the second co-sanctioned event between the DP World Tour and PGA Tour, with an exciting finale in store as multiple players battled it out for the final spot at the Old Course next week.

The Barbasol Championship had been seriously affected by Mother Nature, with the field having to return on Sunday to complete their third and fourth rounds and, after a lengthy morning, it was DP World Tour's Rookie of the Year, Matti Schmid, who led going into the final round.

However, the young German struggled over the Keene Trace Golf Club layout, as a final round 77 dropped him down the leaderboard. That left the congested pack to battle it out. Eventually, it became a two horse race between Mullinax and Streelman.

Leading into the back nine, it was Streelman who held the advantage. However, a topsy-turvy battle ensued with both men matching each other blow for blow. As they approached the last, it was a tie at 24-under, with the duo still unable to be separated. 

Mullinax kisses the trophy

Mullinax had claimed two Korn Ferry titles before his first PGA Tour win

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Whoever claimed victory was guaranteed a win that would likely change their life, with not only a spot at The Open Championship being secured, but also a place at The Players Championship and PGA Championship in 2023, as well as multiple points towards the FedEx Cup and DP World Tour standings.

As both men struck superb shots into the 72nd hole, it was Mullinax who made landed the first decisive blow, as his birdie putt rolled in from the edge of the green. The pressure was now on Streelman and, when his putt failed to drop, the win and spot at St Andrews was Mullinax's. 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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