The road to Royal Birkdale will begin at the Emirates Australian Open, the first of 15 events in ten countries that will make up the Open Qualifying Series for 2017.
Two new events have been added to the schedule for 2017: the SMBC Singapore Open, being played from January 19-22 at Sentosa Golf Club, and the Ho Tram Players Championship at The Bluffs in Vietnam, from April 13-16.
A total of 44 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 Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “The Open Qualifying Series provides golfers around the world with fantastic opportunities to secure their place in The Open. We are looking forward to partnering with the Tours again to bring a truly international field to Royal Birkdale next year.”
On the European Tour, three places each at the Open de France, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open presented by the Rory Foundation and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open will be on offer. On the PGA Tour, the Quicken Loans National and the Greenbrier Classic will each have four places available, with the final place at Royal Birkdale to be secured at the John Deere Classic on the eve of the 146th Open.
Regional Qualifying and Final Qualifying events will take place at venues throughout Great Britain and Ireland.