Louis de Jager has earned a place in his first Major after successfully qualifying for the 149th Open at Royal St George’s next month.
The Sunshine Tour campaigner was one of 12 golfers from a field of 288 who qualified at various venues in England.
De Jager posted rounds of 67 and 70 at West Lancashire to finish second in his final-qualifying tournament and thereby book his spot.
“This is amazing. It’s going to be my first Major and I don’t think there could be a better one to start off with. I know Ben Curtis won at Royal St George’s in his first time playing The Open, so I think that is a good omen,” said De Jager.
“I am not very familiar with the course, so I will do some research and watch some YouTube videos of Darren Clarke’s win.
“I actually made a nine on the 11th in the second round. I spoke to myself and said I need to show a little bit of character. I had come so far and had been playing some good golf today. I birdied two of the last three including the last hole, so I was quite pleased to be finished with a little breathing space.”