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Five former Tour stars qualify for The Open

Five former Tour stars qualify for The Open

June 30th, 2010

FIVE players who began their careers on the PGA EuroPro Tour have qualified for the biggest event in British golf – The Open Championship.

Steve Tiley, Paul Streeter, Colm Moriarty, Tom Whitehouse and Zane Scotland all performed well at the Local Final Qualifying events yesterday. It means they will join the superstars of golf at St Andrews from July 15-18 as they compete in what could be a life-changing tournament.

Scotland, who became the youngest player to qualify for The Open when he earned a place in the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, then aged just 16, finished in second place on the Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews. Scotland, who played on the EuroPro Tour from 2004 to 2007, will now make his first Open Championship appearance in over a decade.

He had led by two after an opening six-under-par 66 and the 27-year-old followed that up with a one-under-par 71 to take the second of three Open berths available at the venue. “I’ve been playing well on the Challenge Tour, but this is my best round of the year. I’ve been waiting for it for a while,” said Scotland of his first round. “I missed out by a shot last year, so it’s nice to get in. I’ve been working really hard on my game and it seems to be paying off.”

Ireland’s Colm Moriarty, a winner on the EuroPro Tour in 2007, took the first of the three Open Championship places available at Kingsbarns. His seven-under-par, two-round total of 137 left the 31-year-old three shots clear of the field.

“It’ll be my first time in The Open and I’m delighted to make it to St Andrews,” said Moriarty, a member of Great Britain and Ireland’s 2003 winning Walker Cup team.

Steven Tiley, a EuroPro Tour regular in 2007, came through a three-man play-off at Scotscraig but it was heart-break for Scotland’s Lloyd Saltman as he narrowly missed out.

Elsewhere, Paul Streeter, who played on the EuroPro Tour in 2002 and 2003, won through at Scotscraig and Tom Whitehouse, the 2003 Order of Merit Champion, secured his place after performing well at Kingsbarns.

Danny Nickless, the Tour’s operations Manager, feels the success of these players again highlights the strength of the Tour.

“The achievement of the five Europro Tour members to qualify for the open just goes to show the strength of our Tour now,” said Nickless.

“The number seems to grow every year and that is a great compliment to the Tour and the level it has reached.

“The amount of guys who hold full European Tour cards who have previously been members of the Tour is remarkable and proves what a great proving ground the Tour is for any aspiring young golfer.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the players good luck in the Open at St Andrews.”

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