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The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) is an international qualifying series involving events on the world’s leading golf tours. Now in its second year, the OQS plays in integral role in determining the field for the Open Championship at St. Andrews next week. The Open Qualifying Series offers players the opportunity to qualify for golf’s oldest major championship at events on the PGA TOUR, European Tour, PGA TOUR of Australia and Japan Golf Tour. Players on the PGA TOUR have the chance to qualify at three events: Travelers Championship, The Greenbrier Classic and this week’s John Deere Classic. 

The top four players, not previously eligible, who finish among the top 12 (and ties) at the Travelers Championship and The Greenbrier Classic earned entry into The Open Championship. The top player among the top five (and ties) at the John Deere Classic qualifies. If there are ties for the final spot(s), qualifiers will be determined by Official World Golf Ranking. The four players that qualified from the Greenbrier Classic are Danny Lee, David Hearn, James Hahn and Greg Owen. At the Travelers Championship, four players qualified for The Open Championship: Brian Harman (3 rd), Graham DeLaet (4th), Carl Pettersson (5th), Luke Donald (T7).

James Morrison, Jaco Van Zyl and Rafael Cabrera-Bello qualified after the final round of the Alstom Open de France on Sunday. Morrison finished three strokes behind the winner Bernd Wiesberger, who is exempt for The Open. The 30-year-old Englishman, who won his second European Tour title at the Open de Espana in May, shot a final round four-under-par 67 and will make his second appearance in golf’s oldest Championship after finishing tied 23rd at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012. “I cannot wait, it’s every boy’s dream. I played at Royal Lytham in 2012 but to play at St Andrews is even better. It’s the home of golf and I can’t wait to get there now. It is not easy to finish top five any week but to finish second and secure a place is even better,” said Morrison. “I love it at St Andrews. It is one of the only golf courses where you get that feeling. As soon as you turn up at St Andrews you have that amazing feeling in your body. I have seen all the videos and photos of the stands going up – it is going to be rocking.”

South Africa’s Van Zyl finished two shots further back in third place after a final round two-over-par 73 left him on eight-under-par for the Championship. The 36-year-old from Johannesburg, who played in the 2013 US Open at Merion and the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club the same year, will make his debut in The Open at the home of golf. “It’s great. Securing a spot in The Open means a lot to me. It’s always great to be at St Andrews and the history is just absolutely phenomenal. Playing it in The Open is just going to mean so much more. It’s all going to be pretty new. I played in the US Open a couple of years ago but this is a very different feel and I am just looking forward to it,” said Van Zyl.

Cabrera-Bello, a two-time winner on the European Tour, holed a 25 foot putt for a dramatic birdie that saw him shoot 29 for the back nine on Sunday in France. That took him to five-under-par for the Championship and was enough to secure the last qualifying place. He finished two shots behind Germany’s Martin Kaymer, who is exempt for The Open. “The Open is my favorite championship in the world. I played the last three years, particularly at Muirfield, I really enjoyed it as I was up there contending for most of the Championship. I think my game is in really good form at the moment. It would be an honor for me to play The Open at St Andrews,” he said.