British Open Golf Qualification

British Open Golf Qualification

Every player in the world wants to be at the 2017 British Open but there are only 156 places available when the tournament gets underway. There are several different ways for players to qualify for the British open and we are looking to outline these for you right here. The top players in the world qualify through exemptions where as the lower ranked players will have to go through qualifying events all over the globe.

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British Open Exemptions

Exemptions into a major championship means that a player automatically qualifies to play in the event without having to go through a qualifying tournament. They are many different exemptions that exist for the British Open Golf but here are some of the main ones:

  • The top 50 players on the current Golf World Rankings
  • The top 10 from the previous British Open Championship
  • All players who have won one of the other three majors in the previous five years
  • The top 30 players from previous years PGA Tour money list and European Order of Merit
  • All previous Open Champions who will be under 60 on the last day of the Tournament


For all those players that are not exempt there is the qualifying tournaments that take place on every continent for any player who wants to enter. There are International Qualifying events and local qualifying events which offer players a route into the main draw.

International Open Qualifying

The International Open qualifying series consists of ten events from the six major tours. The series effectively replaces the International Final Qualifying, with places available to the players who finish near the head of the leaderboard. Here are this year's events:

Australia: Emirates Australian Open; 20th November

  • Aaron Baddeley, Ashley Hall, Cameron Smith

Singapore: SMBC Singapore Open; 22nd January

  • Phachara Khongwatmai, Jbe Kruger, Prayad Marksaeng, Song Young-han

South Africa: Joburg Open; 26th February

  • Darren Fichardt, Stuart Manley, Paul Waring

Japan: Mizuno Open; 28th May

  • Adam Bland, Michael Hendry, Chan Kim, Kim-Kyung-tae

France: Open de France; 2nd July

  • Alexander Bjork, Michael Lorenzo-Vera, Peter Uihlein

USA: Quicken Loans National; 2nd July

  • Charles Howell III, Kang Sung-hoon, Martin Laird, Kyle Stanley

Ireland: Irish Open; 9th July

  • David Drysdale, Ryan Fox, Richie Ramsay

USA: Greenbrier Classic; 9th July

  • Jamie Lovemark, Sebastian Munoz, Xander Schauffele, Robert Streb

Scotland: Scottish Open; 16th July

  • TBC

USA: John Deere Classic; 16th July

  • TBC

Local Final Qualifying

The local final qualifiers for the 2017 Open Championship were played at five courses on 4th July, with three qualifying places available at each location:

Gailes Links: Ryan McCarthy, Julian Suri, Connor Syme (a)
Hillside: Adam Hodkinson, Nick McCarthy, Haydn McCullen
Notts (Hollinwell): Laurie Canter, Joe Dean, Mark Foster
Royal Cinque Ports: Austin Connelly, Robert Dinwiddie, Matthew Southgate
Woburn: Shiv Kapur, Ian Poulter, Toby Tree

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