The Open Qualifying Series launches with four new events

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The Open Qualifying Series for the 148th Open at Royal Portrush starts next week in Australia, and has four new events for 2019 - including three on the PGA Tour

The road to The 148th Open at Royal Portrush will begin at the Emirates Australian Open, the first of 16 events in 11 countries that will make up The Open Qualifying Series for 2019.

The Emirates Australian Open, which is being played from 15-18 November at The Lakes in Sydney, will be the first opportunity for players to secure their place at Royal Portrush next year. The leading three players, who finish in the top ten and ties and who are not already exempt, will qualify for The Open.

Three new events on the PGA TOUR will also feature in the Series for the first time: the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard being played from 7-10 March at Bay Hill, the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf & Country Club from 6-9 June and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit from 27-30 June.

The Open Qualifying Series will also visit Spain for the first time as the Andalucía Valderrama Masters on the European Tour replaces the Open de France in the schedule. It will be played from 27-30 June.

A total of 46 places in The Open are available through the Series, which provides golfers with opportunities to qualify at events around the world on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour, the Korean Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “The race to qualify for The Open at Royal Portrush has well and truly begun and we are eagerly anticipating an exciting series of events as golfers around the world aim to book their place at the Championship.

“We know that there is real excitement at the prospect of The Open returning to Northern Ireland for the first time in almost 70 years and it will undoubtedly act as an extra incentive for those players who are hopeful of teeing it up at the famous Dunluce links in July.”

The South African Open hosted by The City of Joburg will replace the Joburg Open following a merger of the two events. It will be played at Randpark, Johannesburg from 6-9 December this year when three qualifying places will be on offer.

Four places in The Open will be available at both the SMBC Singapore Open, which is being played at Sentosa Golf Club, and The Mizuno Open taking place at The Royal Golf Club in Japan.

On the PGA TOUR, the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and RBC Canadian Open will each have three qualifying places while two golfers will qualify from the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The last qualifying place will be confirmed at the John Deere Classic on the eve of The 148th Open.

On the European Tour, three places at each of the Andalucía Valderrama Masters, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will be available.

Two places will also be available at the KOLON Korea Open in June.

Regional Qualifying and Final Qualifying events will take place at venues throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The Fairmont St Andrews will replace The Renaissance Club as one of the four Final Qualifying venues.

he Open Qualifying Series

Event

No of Places

Detail

TOQS-Australia

Emirates Australian Open

15-18 November 2018

The Lakes, Sydney

3

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

TOQS-South Africa

South African Open hosted by The City of Joburg

6-9 December 2018

Randpark, Johannesburg

3

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

TOQS-Singapore

SMBC Singapore Open

17-20 January 

Sentosa, Singapore

4

4 places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties

TOQS-USA

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

7-10 March 

Bay Hill, Orlando  

3

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

TOQS-Japan

The Mizuno Open

30 May-2 June 

The Royal, Ibaraki   

4

4 places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties

TOQS-Canada 

RBC Canadian Open

6-9 June 

Hamilton, Ancaster  

3

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

TOQS-Korea 

KOLON Korea Open  

TBC

Woo Jeong Hills, Cheonan 

2

2 places to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 8 and ties

TOQS-Spain

Andalucía Valderrama Masters 

27-30 June 

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande

3

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

TOQS-USA

Rocket Mortgage Classic 

27-30 June 

Detroit Golf Club, Michigan

2

2 places to the leading two players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 8 and ties

TOQS-Final Qualifying

2 July

Fairmont St Andrews 

Notts (Hollinwell)  

Prince’s 

St Annes Old Links 

12

3 places to the leading three players at each venue.

TOQS-Ireland

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

4-7 July 

Lahinch, Co. Clare

3

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

TOQS-Scotland

Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

11-14 July 

The Renaissance Club, East Lothian

3

3 places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties

TOQS-USA

John Deere Classic

11-14 July

TPC Deere Run, Illinois

1

One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties