Sunday, 22 January 2017

MARKSAENG, KHONGWATMAI, SONG AND KRUGER QUALIFY FOR THE OPEN IN SINGAPORE#damaru golf


MARKSAENG, KHONGWATMAI, SONG AND KRUGER QUALIFY FOR THE OPEN IN SINGAPORE#damaru golf




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MARKSAENG, KHONGWATMAI, SONG AND KRUGER QUALIFY FOR THE OPEN IN SINGAPORE
22 January 2017, Sentosa, Singapore: Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng and Phachara Khongwatmai, Korea’s Younghan Song, and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger secured their places in The Open after qualifying at the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club on Sunday.
The 51st playing of Singapore’s national Open was the second event in The Open Qualifying Series for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale which will be played from 16-23 July, 2017. The Series offers 44 places in golf’s most international major championship at leading Tour events across the globe.
It was a day to remember for 50-year-old Marksaeng, who lifted the trophy after a closing round of 67 (-4) saw him finish at the top of the leaderboard on nine-under-par. The popular Thai golfer will look to make it sixth time lucky when he returns to The Open in July after earning a qualifying place in Singapore. It will be a busy summer for Marksaeng, who is set to play in the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl the following week.
Rising teenage star Khongwatmai kept a cool head to shoot lever par, capitalising on his previous performances, which included a 67 on Saturday, to finish the day tied for second place on eight-under-par. The 17-year-old, who earned his first professional victory at the Sing Hu Hin Open aged just 14, played in The Open at Royal Troon last July. For the second year running Khongwatmai earns his exemption through The Open Qualifying Series, having booked his place last time in Thailand.
Last year’s Singapore Open champion Song, 25, will make his Open debut at Royal Birkdale after closing out the tournament with a 69 to finish tied second. In 2016 the Korean recorded a slender victory over then world number one Jordan Spieth, beating the American by one stroke in a play-off to claim his maiden professional title.
Kruger owes his place at Royal Birkdale to a wonderful eagle at the last after his second shot skimmed over the surrounding bunkers to land within 20 feet of the pin. Kruger sunk his final putt to propel him up the leaderboard to join the mix of players on eight-under-par in second place. The South African is a three-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and will make his second appearance at The Open this summer after playing in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
The next event in The Open Qualifying Series is the Joburg Open in South Africa from 23-26 February, 2017. Three players who finish in the top 10 and ties, and who are not otherwise exempt, will earn places at The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.
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Key quotes:
Prayad Marksaeng
“I’m so happy. This is number six for me and I am just so proud to be in The Open and make the Thai people proud of me also.
“Before I came down to Singapore, a lot of Thai people believed in me and that I was going to make something great for this tournament. And I just want to say I’m really thankful for all the Thai people.”
Phachara Khongwatmai
“I’m feeling really excited and really happy. Last year I didn’t think I would get in The Open – I was very lucky to have played there.
“I missed the cut but it wasn’t a problem for me because I played really good on the first day. On the second day, I played in the afternoon’s last two groups and it was very bad weather.
“I think this year I will play better than last year because I know what it is like and I think England is a bit better for the weather.
“This year Thailand golfers are going up!”
Younghan Song
“I was very close to capturing the championship again and just missed out so I didn’t realise about getting the ticket to The Open until now.
“I haven’t played any links golf before but this is a really great honour to play in The Open.”
Jbe Kruger
“I’m very excited, it has been a few long years for me. I’ll definitely look back at that eagle. To finish birdie, par, eagle is very special.
“It was amazing (playing at The Open in 2012). It was probably one of my first days of links golf so I didn’t play great. I played well the first day and then on the second I just fell apart. I didn’t really know how to play links golf but I think this time it’s going to be different – I like it now.”
Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series will offer the following 44 places in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
TOQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open
17-20 November 2016
Royal Sydney Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-SingaporeSMBC Singapore Open
19-22 January 2017
Sentosa Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-South AfricaJoburg Open
23-26 February 2017
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
 
TOQS-JapanGateway to The Open Mizuno Open
25-28 May 2017
JFE Setonaikai Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
 
TOQS-USAQuicken Loans National
29 June - 2 July 2017
TPC Potomac
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-Final Qualifying4 July 2017
Gailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess)
12Three places available at each venue
TOQS-FranceHNA Open de France
29 June - 2 July 2017
Le Golf National
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-IrelandDubai Duty Free Irish Open
6-9 July 2017
Portstewart Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic
6-9 July 2017
The Old White TPC
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
13-16 July 2017
Dundonald Links
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAJohn Deere Classic
13-16 July 2017
TPC Deere Run
1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties

 Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai and Prayad Marksaeng, South Africa’s Jbe Kruger and Korea’s Younghan Song qualify for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale at the SMBC Singapore Open.
The Open
The 146th Open will be played at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July 2017.
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic British and Irish links courses, it is the sport’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

THE OPEN 2017 # DAMARU GOLF.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN#DAMARU GOLF



THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN#DAMARU GOLF
THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN#DAMARU GOLF


THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN#DAMARU GOLF


FOUR PLACES IN THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN
18 January 2017, Singapore: Four players who finish in the top 12 and ties at the SMBC Singapore Open who are not already exempt will earn a place in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July 2017.
The 2017 SMBC Singapore Open is the second event in The Open Qualifying Series and will be played from 19-22 January at Sentosa Golf Club.
Players in the field at the SMBC Singapore Open who are already exempt for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale:
Ernie Els Yuta Ikeda
Matthew GriffinAdam Scott
Sergio GarciaHideto Tanihara
Ashley Hall
In the event of a tie for a qualifying place, the player with the higher ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at the beginning of the week commencing 16 January will be awarded a place in The 146th Open.
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Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series will offer the following 44 places in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
TOQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open
17-20 November 2016
Royal Sydney Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-SingaporeSMBC Singapore Open
19-22 January 2017
Sentosa Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-South AfricaJoburg Open
23-26 February 2017
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-JapanGateway to The Open Mizuno Open
25-28 May 2017
JFE Setonaikai Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-USAQuicken Loans National
29 June - 2 July 2017
TPC Potomac
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-Final Qualifying4 July 2017
Gailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess)
12Three places available at each venue
TOQS-FranceHNA Open de France
29 June - 2 July 2017
Le Golf National
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-IrelandDubai Duty Free Irish Open
6-9 July 2017
Portstewart Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic
6-9 July 2017
The Old White TPC
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
13-16 July 2017
Dundonald Links
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAJohn Deere Classic
13-16 July 2017
TPC Deere Run
1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
The Open
The 146th Open will be played at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July 2017.
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic British and Irish links courses, it is the sport’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.