Charl Schwartzel will be teeing it up at Royal Portrush Golf Club in the British summer after earning his spot at The Open Championship.
Schwartzel joined France’s Romain Langasque and England’s Oliver Wilson to book their spots in the oldest national championship.
Three places were available at the South African Open for the top three players in the top ten not already exempt, and Langasque fired a closing 66 to finish in solo second behind 2010 Claret Jug winner Louis Oosthuizen.
Schwartzel and Wilson finished two shots further back in a tie for third alongside Thomas Aiken and Bryce Easton, claiming the other two places by virtue of their higher positions in the Official World Golf Rankings.
For 2011 Masters winner Schwartzel it will be a 15th Open appearance and 11th in a row as he goes in search of a second Major Championship.
‘It’s a nice bonus,’ Schwartzel said after he closed with a 73 on Sunday.
‘I was hoping to do better in this tournament, but I’m still happy that I get to play The Open in Northern Ireland, which will be really nice.
‘Watching Ernie’s last win and when Tiger won at Hoylake are two of my best memories of The Open, and obviously when my good friend Louis won at St Andrews.
‘It’s special. There’s so much history behind it and it would be nice to have my name on the trophy one day.’
Credit: European Tour
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