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Record number of qualifiers bidding for dream date with St Andrews

A record number of 636 qualifiers have entered Monday Qualifying for The Senior Open Presented by Rolex 119 golfers, including 11 former Ryder Cup Captains and 40 former Ryder Cup players are exempt 145 amateurs have entered, competing for a minimum of 24 spots across four golf courses in Fife

Record number of qualifiers bidding for dream date with St Andrews

  • A record number of 636 qualifiers have entered Monday Qualifying for The Senior Open Presented by Rolex
  • 119 golfers, including 11 former Ryder Cup Captains and 40 former Ryder Cup players are exempt
  • 145 amateurs have entered, competing for a minimum of 24 spots across four golf courses in Fife

Old Course St Andrews

Press Release

The lure of a Senior Major Championship on the Old Course at St Andrews has led to more than 600 golfers entering Monday Qualifying for The Senior Open Presented by Rolex on July 23.

Taking place at Fairmont St Andrews, Ladybank, Lundin Links and Scotscraig the Monday before the Senior Open, 636 golfers from around the world will compete for the remaining 24 places in the final Senior Major Championship of the 2018 season, which takes place from July 26-29.

For the first time in its 32-year history, The Senior Open will take place on the fabled links of the Old Course and the 618 competitors will bid to join the 120 golfers exempt in a field which already includes 40 Ryder Cup players, 11 Ryder Cup Captains, 71 European Tour winners and 52 PGA Tour victors.

Making up some of the 618-strong qualifiers are three former Ryder Cup players, 11 European Tour winners, 13 PGA Tour winners, 14 Staysure Tour winners and eight PGA Tour Champions winners. Bidding to brush shoulders with the world’s best over-50s are 145 amateur golfers.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The phenomenal interest in this year’s Senior Open highlights the enduring appeal of St Andrews, and Scotland, as an internationally renowned golfing destination.

“The opportunity to visit the Old Course, as either a player or spectator, is irresistible with such a strong field set for 2018. Set to be an historic event full of rekindled rivalries and fond farewells, this competition will certainly reaffirm Scotland’s reputation as the home of golf.”

Stephen Owen, Chairman of Fife Golf, said ‘We are very fortunate to regularly host some of the world’s greatest golf championships in Fife. 2018 will see the first staging of The Senior Open Presented by Rolex over the iconic Old Course and the undoubted popularity of the venue is demonstrated by the record number of players entering the pre-qualifying events.

“During qualifying, these players will experience at first hand the wonderful golf on offer at Fairmont St Andrews, Ladybank Golf Club, Scotscraig Golf Club and Lundin Golf Club. On behalf of Fife Golf, I would like to pass on my very best wishes to all the competitors involved’.

Tickets, starting at £13.50 per day, are available here.

Under-16s and parking are free.

Click here to access the Entry Lists:

Senior Open Exempt Entry List.pdf

Fairmont St Andrews Qualifying.pdf

Ladybank Qualifying.pdf

Lundin Qualifying.pdf

Scotscraig Qualifying.pdf

About The Senior Open Presented by Rolex

The Senior Open Presented by Rolex will be played on the iconic Old Course at St Andrews for the first time in the Championship’s 32-year history in 2018. St Andrews will become the 13th host of Europe’s Senior Major Championship.

In 2017, Bernhard Langer made history by becoming the first golfer in history to win ten Senior Major Championships, as he joined Gary Player and Tom Watson as the only three-time winners of the Senior Claret Jug with his victory at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales.

Royal Lytham & St Annes will host The Senior Open for the first time in 25 years after being named as host venue for the 2019 Championship.

The Senior Open was introduced in 1987 at Turnberry in Ayrshire when Neil Coles, the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PGA European Tour, won the inaugural title. This led, two years later, to more than 60 professionals calling for a European Senior Tour to be formally structured. In 2018, the Senior Tour was rebranded with Staysure becoming the first title sponsor of what is now known as the Staysure Tour.

Scotland, the Home of Golf:

Scotland is renowned around the world as the Home of Golf. It is the birthplace of the game and to this day remains its spiritual home. It is also a modern, dynamic and world-class golf events and tourism destination welcoming hundreds of thousands of golfers every year and regularly playing host to the biggest tournaments in the world.

The golf industry in Scotland is worth more than £1 billion annually to the Scottish economy, of which golf events and golf tourism plays a major role.

Through activity delivered by organisations including VisitScotland, Scottish Development International and Scottish Golf, the Scottish Government is committed to continuing to support the growth of the game in this country. This includes; supporting economic and business growth within the Scottish economy, driving increased participation in the sport and helping to nurture the next generation of Scottish golfing stars through junior golf activities.


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