British Open Golf Qualification

British Open Golf Qualification

Every player in the world wants to be at the 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.

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; 26th November

  • Jonax Blixt, Cameron Davis, Matt Jones

South Africa: Joburg Open; 11th December

  • Shaun Norris, Shubhankar Sharma, Erik van Rooyen

Singapore: SMBC Singapore Open; 21st January

  • Danthai Boonma, Sean Crocker, Lucas Herbert, Jazz Janewattananond

Japan: Mizuno Open; 27th May

  • Shota Akiyoshi, Michael Hendry, Masahiro Kawamura, Masanori Kobayashi

Korea: Kolon Korea Open; 24th June

  • Choi Min-chel, Park Sang-hyun

France: Open de France; 1st July

  • Marcus Kinhult, Russell Knox, Julian Suri

USA: The National; 1st July

  • Abraham Ancer, Ryan Armour, Bronson Burgoon, Kang Sung-hoon

Ireland: Irish Open; 8th July

  • Ryan Fox, Zander Lombard, Andy Sullivan

USA: Greenbrier Classic; 8th July

  • Austin Cook, Jason Kokrak, Kelly Kraft, Brandt Snedeker

Scotland: Scottish Open; 15th July

  • Jens Dantorp, Eddie Pepperell, Brandon Stone

USA: John Deere Classic; 15th July

  • Michael Kim

Local Final Qualifying

The local final qualifiers for the 2018 Open Championship were played at five courses on 3rd July, with three qualifying places available at each location:
Notts (Hollinwell): Rhys Enoch, Ashton Turner, Oliver Wilson
Prince's: Retief Goosen, Tom Lewis, Haraldur Magnus
St Annes Old Links: Marcus Armitage, Hames Robinson, Jack Senior
The Renaissance Club: Thomas Curtis, Grant Forrest, Sam Locke (a)