Sterner test in place to qualify
R&A chief executive Peter Dawson believes a new international qualifying series for the Open championship will be more rigorous than the international final qualifying which it replaces.
The Open qualifying series will comprise 14 events in nine countries on the European Tour, PGA Tour, Japan Golf Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia, offering players the opportunity to qualify for golf’s oldest major championship, which takes place at Hoylake from July 17 to 20 next year.
Nine qualifying places will be available on both the European and PGA Tour via the Irish Open, Alstom Open de France and Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and AT&T National, Greenbrier Classic and John Deere Classic respectively.
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