Callum Shinkwin, Matthieu Pavon and Andrew Dodt have qualified for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale
Three places were available in golf's original major championship through The Open Qualifying Series which continued at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald this week.
Shinkwin finished runner-up to Rafa Cabrera Bello, who is already exempt for The Open, after losing a play-off on the first extra hole.
The Englishman started the final round in steady form with a series of pars but moved up the gears towards the end of the front nine with consecutive birdies that spanned three holes.
Two further birdies at the 13th and 15th looked to have put the former English Amateur champion in a position to win the championship but a bogey on the final hole meant he had to settle for a four-under-par 68 and finish tied for first place with Cabrera Bello on 13-under-par.
“It’s fantastic to be playing in The Open and I’m looking forward to playing at Royal Birkdale”, said Shinkwin. “The Open is the number one championship for us and to have qualified is great. I played at Royal Troon last year, didn’t make the cut, but I thought I performed well there.”
Pavon will make his debut in The Open after carding an excellent six-under-par 66 during today’s final round.
The Frenchman rolled in four birdies during the front nine and despite a bogey on the 13th, picked up three further shots before the end of the round to ensure he finished in third place on ten-under-par for the championship.
“It’s an amazing day and at the start of the weekend, I wasn’t expecting to qualify for The Open”, said Pavon. “I played very solidly for two days however and everything went well. I’m so happy.
“It’s going to be my first time playing in a major championship and my first time at Royal Birkdale too. I will enjoy this moment but I need to get down there as fast as I can!”
Dodt experienced a difficult final round, posting a one-over-par 73, but hung on with a par putt on the final hole to make sure of his place at Royal Birkdale.
The Australian, who will make his first appearance in The Open, finished tied for fourth place on eight-under-par overall alongside two-time Champion Golfer of the Year Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar, Ryan Fox, all of whom have booked their place in The Open, and Anthony Wall.
Dodt takes the final qualifying place over Wall due to his higher position in the Official World Golf Ranking.
“I’m absolutely pumped to be playing in my first major”, said Dodt. “It’s taken a while but I finally got there. Qualifying for The Open has been a motivation for the last six months. Today wasn’t easy at times but I’m in and here we go.
“I’m prepared for playing links golf, it was nice to have the Irish Open last week and then the Scottish Open. I played Royal Birkdale about ten years ago, I don’t remember much but we’ll get out there tomorrow and do our homework.”