The 149th Open: Lucas Herbert and Rikard Karlberg among four to secure seats for Royal St George’s | Golf news
Posted On July 4, 2021
Lucas Herbert, Rikard Karlberg and Johannes Veerman all secured invitations to The 149th Open with their performances at the Irish Open, with Marcel Schneider also qualifying for Royal St George’s with a victory on the Challenge Tour
By Ali Stafford
Last updated: 04/07/21 19:16
Rikard Karlberg took part in a last hole birdie at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, with a third place enough to qualify for the Open
Rikard Karlberg had a spectacular finish at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to secure a last minute invitation to the 149th Open later this month.
The Swede, who arrived at Mount Juliet Estate without a world top 10 in two years and missed the cup in eight of his previous starts, rolled back the years to produce his best result on the European Tour in five years.
Karlberg followed the birdies in the 15th and 17th by making an unlikely chip-in from the final green to pick up another stroke, with a score of 67 under five enough to overtake world No.611 in second and earn him one of the three qualifying places. available during the event.
Herbert holds on for Irish victory
Report and highlights from a thrilling final at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Lucas Herbert picked up a three-stroke victory to claim his second title on the European Tour and also earn his place at Royal St George’s, Johannes Veerman taking the other place – awarded to the top three golfers not yet exempted – for his third place.
Herbert’s only previous appearance at the Open was in 2018 at Carnoustie, where he finished tied for 51st as Francesco Molinari won a first major title, while Veerman will make his first appearance in the last one. male major of the year.
Lucas Herbert reflects on securing a return to the winner’s circle and an invitation to the Open with a three-stroke win at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
“It’s great to play an Open Championship,” said Herbert. “Some of the best venues in the world and they test you so strategically. I’ve never played on the course before. There is always a big buzz around the Open. Everyone supports it in the UK and Ireland. . I am pleased to .” To start. “
The Challenge Tour’s Kaskáda Golf Challenge in the Czech Republic also offered a place in the Open to the top golfer who was not yet exempt, with Germany’s Marcel Schneider taking that place after registering a one-stroke victory.
“I heard about the Open spot on Friday during the tour, hadn’t thought of it before,” said Schneider. “It’s even more superb now. It means a lot. I’ve never had the chance to play it before and I will definitely enjoy it and look forward to it already.”
Three Korean players will skip the Open
Korea’s Joohyung Kim has withdrawn from the Open Championship due to “international travel requirements,” according to tournament organizers.
July 15, 2021, 6:30 a.m.
Kim’s place on the pitch at Royal St George’s will be taken by South African Daniel van Tonder, with the world No.113 being the third Korean to withdraw from the last men’s major of the year.
Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim have stepped down to focus on preparing for the Olympics, with the men’s competition taking place from July 29 to August 1 – a fortnight after the Open.
The R&A recently informed players that the championship “will operate under strict government surveillance,” with guidelines prohibiting players from going to bars, restaurants and supermarkets during tournament week.
Who else qualified this week?
The R&A announced Thursday that the top 12 players in the world rankings, as of June 30, not already exempt, will also be invited to play in Kent.
Bubba Watson, two-time Masters champion, was one of the dozen to get their spot, along with Kevin Streelman, Russell Henley, Carlos Ortiz, Charley Hoffman. Brendon Todd, MacKenzie Hughes, KH Lee, Chris Kirk, Talor Gooch, Lanto Griffin the Cameron Tringale the others qualified.
The winner of this year’s competition will receive over $ 2 million in cash prizes for the first time in championship history, with the Golf Champion of the Year winning $ 2,070,000 and the total prize money set at $ 11,500,000.
Watch the 149th Open July 15-18 live on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel – Sky Sports The Open!