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Open Championship spots up for grabs

(Photo: Bruce Young)
Kingston Heath Golf Club plays host to The R&A as the International Final Qualifying (IFQ) comes to Australia.

Played over the 29th and 30th January, IFQ provides the opportunity for Australasia's best golfers to play their way into the oldest Golf Championship in the world "“ The Open Championship.

At the end of the 36 holes the top three players in the 72 man field will be granted a place in The Open Championship to be played at Muirfield from 14-21 July 2013.2013 sees a record number of entries for IFQ Australasia thanks to all PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments carrying Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. To be eligible to tee it up at IFQ players must hold OWGR points.

Coming into IFQ in winning form is last week's Heritage Classic Champion David Bransdon, Victorian PGA Champion David McKenzie and Australian PGA Champion Daniel Popovic.

A strong New Zealand contingent will be teeing it up at IFQ, including Michael Hendry, Mark Brown, Gareth Paddison, Josh Geary and Ryan Fox.

Adding experience to the field are Peter O'Malley and Peter Fowler who between them have competed in 23 Open Championships.

Kurt Barnes is the leading world ranked player in the field and has twice previously qualified to play the Open Championship at Kingston Heath. Barnes played well enough last week at the Heritage Classic to believe he could qualify yet again.

While some of Australia's rising stars including 2012 New Zealand Open champion Jake Higginbottom, 2012 NSW PGA champion Matthew Stieger and 2013 Australian Amateur champion Cameron Smith will be aiming to qualify for their first Open Championship.

"Field list":https://www.theopen.com/en/Qualification/InternationalFinalQualifying.aspx?draw=Australasia


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