Six more players over the weekend booked their places at the Open after strong performances in both the Alstom Open de France and Greenbrier Classic.
The Open :: who’s in?
Billy Hurley III
Alstom Open de France
Karlsson, Hoey and Riu will join winner Graeme McDowell in the field for golf’s oldest major championship when the Open heads to Royal Liverpool on July 17-20.
Karlsson is a veteran links competitor and is set to make his 17th Open appearance, and his second at Hoylake.
“I have a nice collection of Open players’ badges and I have really good memories from Hoylake in 2006,” said the Swede.
“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.”
Hoey is a former Amateur champion and has twice played in the Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2001 and 2012.
"The Open is the most beautiful tournament in the world."
“I played the Amateur Championship at Hoylake in 2000 and I’m looking forward to going back,” Hoey said.
“I have grown up playing courses like Royal Portrush and Royal County Down so playing the links means a lot to me. I remember growing up watching the Open every summer.”
Riu had the support of the home crowd throughout the tournament and was delighted to qualify through his national Open. The 29-year-old will be make his major championship debut at the Open.
“For me, The Open is the most beautiful tournament in the world,” he said. “I played the Boys Amateur at Hoylake when I was younger and I really like the course so I am very excited to be able to play.”
The Greenbrier Classic
George McNeill shot a nine-under-par 61 in his final round. The 38-year-old had a hole-in-one at the par three 8th on his way to finishing runner up.
“To qualify for the Open Championship is an absolute bonus. I like links golf but I haven’t played enough of it to know how to play it. I am going to try to get over there a few days early.”
Texan Chris Stroud has previously played in the US Open and the USPGA Championship and will join two of his college mates Shawn Stefani and Dawie van der Walt at the Open Championship.
"Everybody on Tour tells me it’s the best tournament in the world.”
“What a cool way to qualify,” Stroud said. “I really like the new system this year and it made me think about playing every single event. Everybody on Tour tells me it’s the best tournament in the world.”
Stroud is joined by Cameron Tringale, who played on the winning American team in the 2009 Walker Cup match, and he will also be making his Open debut.
“It feels good. It was one of my goals this year to get into the major championships. I am really excited,” said Tringale.
Bill Hurley, who served in the US Navy and played for the American team in the 2005 Walker Cup, is heading to the Open as well.
“I knew what was at stake for the Open. I am really excited to play in my second major and my first Open Championship,” said the American.