By Tiyah Hernandez-Pierrepont published
Seven golfers have secured their places to compete for the Claret Jug at Hoylake from July 17-20 following the European Tour’s Alstom Open de France and the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic.
Seven more players have successfully qualified for the Open Championship at Hoylake following their successes at the Greenbrier Classic and the Alstom Open de France.
At the Greenbrier Classic the top four players in the top 12 who had not previously qualified each received a place to compete at Royal Liverpool.
George McNeill, Chris Stroud, Cameron Tringale and Billy Hurley III all received invitations to compete for their chance to win the Claret Jug at Hoylake.
Angel Cabrera won the PGA tournament finishing with a 6 under par, beating McNeill by two strokes.
Stroud, Tringale and Hurley all finished in fourth place having shot a 73 in the final round.
The three qualifiers successfully gained their places over fourth-place finishers Bud Cauley and Will Wilcox based on a world ranking tiebreaker.
Speaking on the days events, Hurley said, “I was thinking about it on the last couple of holes, looking at the leaderboard and trying to do the math in my head.
“I knew what was at stake for The Open. I am really excited to play in my second major and my first Open Championship.”
Also qualifying for the penultimate major of the season were Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey and France’s Victor Riu.
The three golfers gained their spots at the Open following their performances at the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris.
2008 European Order of Merit winner, Karlsson, said, “I have a nice collection of Open players’ badges and I have really good memories from Hoylake in 2006.
“It’s a very nice golf course and it looks like it won’t be as dry as when we played there last time but if the wind is up it’s going to be very difficult.”
The Open Qualifying Series will also include the upcoming John Deere Classic and the Scottish Open.
The John Deere gives out one invite to a player &-5 or better, whilst the Scottish gives out three invite for players who finish in 10th place or above.
Tiyah Hernandez-Pierrepont is a full-time student at the University of Edinburgh where she studies English Literature. Tiyah grew up with golf, with her stepdad having it on the TV or even sometimes hiring Tiyah as a caddie! Tiyah is also an avid photographer and runner.
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