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The Open Championship gets its name because, in theory, it is open to all – amateurs included.

By invitation or qualification, a handful of the world’s leading amateurs play in the major championship each year and 2024 is no different.

In fact, 12 of them will tee it up at Royal Troon – where no amateur has won the championship.

The Open has been won by an amateur on six occasions, but nobody has done it since Bobby Jones won his third Open in 1930.

Nowadays, amateurs are far more likely to walk away with silverware in the shape of a Silver Medal.

Since 1949, it has been handed to the leading amateur, provided the player makes the cut and plays all 72 holes of the tournament.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy remain the only two players to win the Silver Medal and the Open Championship.

Here are the 12 amateurs in the field for the 2024 Open…

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• The Open: 9 players who won the Silver Medal

Dominic Clemons

The Englishman lost the final of the Amateur Championship in June but bounced back at Burnham & Berrow’s Final Qualifying to share top spot with Justin Rose and secure a place in the Open.

Santiago De La Fuente

Booked his place at Royal Troon with a two-stroke victory over fellow Mexican Omar Morales at the Latin America Amateur Championship in January.

Matthew Dodd-Berry

The 20-year-old is set for his first taste of the Open after securing one of four places up for grabs at Final Qualifying. He led the way at West Lancs alongside Laurie Canter.

Luis Masaveu

He played with an old set of clubs and without a 3-wood at Final Qualifying at Royal Cinque Ports but survived a three-for-one play-off to secure his Open debut.

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Jamie Montojo

The other Spanish amateur in the lineup, Montojo will join his clubmate Masaveu at the Open after securing his place in regulation play at Royal Cinque Ports.

Tommy Morrison

At six-foot-nine, Morrison will be hard to miss on the South Ayrshire links. He got through a three-man play-off to become the first American winner of the European Amateur Championship.

Liam Nolan

The 24-year-old is the sole Irish amateur in the field and was one of five to book a place at Dundonald Links’ final qualifier after saving par on the final hole.

Jacob Skov Olesen

The Dane became the first man from his country to win the prestigious Amateur Championship, when securing an Open berth at Ballyliffin, Ireland, in June.

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Gordon Sargent

Sargent has already played in two US Opens and one Masters. An Open debut is next, though, after taking the Mark McCormack Medal in August as the world No.1 amateur.

Calum Scot

Scotland’s only amateur in the Open field, the 20-year-old capitalised on the Open Amateur Series to book his place.

Jasper Stubbs

The Australian hit the opening tee shot of the 2023 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne in October. He walked away the winner three days later.

Altin Van Der Merwe

The 27-year-old bagged an Open debut at Royal Troon courtesy of winning the inaugural Africa Amateur Championship in February.

To see the full Open field at Royal Troon, click here.


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