An aspiring aficionado should know that there’s not anything as British Open.
Oldest of 4 majors simply is the Open. The fact about it being held in British Isles always shouldn’t deflect from this fact that the Open belong to whole of the golfing world.
One global process this week to find players who are eligible to take part in the championship this July at Muirfield got completed with International Final Qualifying (IFQ)’s European leg at Sunningdale.
It was 5th of the IFQ tournaments that were held in this year within the system which was introduced first in 2004. Idea behind this is providing opportunities in order to qualify for the leading pros as well as amateurs that are outside this world’s top fifty who aren’t exempt otherwise.
Though, how fair or effective is this IFQ? Does this help to produce strongest and the most deserving of field to contest this tournament which crowns year’s champion golfer?
With all the decent rankings of world worked from the comprehensive tours from around the world is there actually any IFQ need?
The players in search of finding optimal schedule can likely do without the factoring in thirty-six-hole tournament as the one that was played last Monday at Sunningdale.
They are the ones who should be capable of feeling that the performance they give on the Tour should be adequate in determining their worthiness of playing the Open.
On Monday, Scott Jamieson and Scots Stephen Gallacher both were in field, despite winning Tour events in this season. For sure, the victories tend to be of much merit as compared to those coming through thirty-six-hole scramble in qualifying for the greatest event of golf?
The victories on PGA Tour to America bring the automatic eligibility to Masters. Is it possible there could be any similar arrangement made with European Tour that’s for Open?
After all, this is most international among pro circuits. It would surely assist Tour’s status during the difficult times currently.
Like it is, a player such as Brett Rumford who won this year twice though is ranked eighty-four in world isn’t in Open Championship.
In contrast to it, Steven Jeffress, Australian compatriot of Rumford, would tee off over Muirfield, in spite of the fact that his present standing is 1,032.
Jeffress happened to be among the 3 qualifiers from Australasian IFQ in Kingston Heath in January. Ranked 443, Kiwi Mark Brown, as well as Stephen Dartnall tended to be others who made to Scotland.
Currently, Dartnall is world number 731, though previous amateur world # 1. Like Jeffress and Brown he had great day over excellent golf course in January though if that would make one eligible of contesting title of the Champion Golfer of Year?
Spaniard Eduardo De La Riva, world no.227, was highest-ranked among the 3 to be qualified in African IFQ during March. Asian event at Bangkok one month before yielded Japanese, much-talented Hideki Matsuyama as a qualifier.
One more from the same tournament happened to be Kiradech Aphibarnrat, worthy of the position at Muirfield. He won Malaysian Open of this season.
Desire of creating most international among fields and also to offer opportunities to be qualified for Open is commendable. Though, it seems to be unneeded mechanism and expense that R&A should avoid.
They need to put trust in Tours and rankings. USGA- that admittedly operates one same system for qualification for US Open- at least has expanded the eligibility from rankings to top sixty in world.
R&A need to make availability of more spots possible for qualifying at the last-minute so the process which allows the club pros and decent amateurs, chance of dream ticket does stay alive.
The big names which are still in the search of come berth need to join fray at the moment in order to provide extra romance and intrigue before big week.
That is the way it would be for the one who swerved the IFQ in this week, Colin Montgomerie, to take 1st benefit regarding turning fifty in order to take part in US Senior Players’ Championship at Pittsburgh.
The final local qualifying has been entered by Monty and whoever does come through who knows at least that they happen to be in a decent form. They should have played good on a course of links style as well.
This couldn’t be said as regards to the IFQ qualifiers who are from Africa, Australia, Asia or even U.S. where tournament took place in May.
Anyway, 1st Englishman in decade to have won the title, Garrick Porteous, now can hope to tee off over Muirfield, Pinehurst and Augusta, venue of the US Open next year.
That’s much deserved too, mainly after Northumberland’s 23-years-old survived severe conditions to defeat Finland’s Toni Hakula last Saturday at Royal Cinque Ports.