Qualification for The Open 2020 has been secured by the top four finishers at the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open – Joohyung Kim of South Korea, Poom Saksansin of Thailand, Canada’s Richard T. Lee and Ryosuke Kinoshita of Japan.
Kim, 17, shot 71 for fourth place, Lee finished fifth after a 72 and Poom carded three birdies in the last four holes to jump up the leaderboard with a best-of-the-day 65. He tied with Kinoshita for sixth place, the Japanese closing with a 67. Kim’s strong second round put him in contention for the weekend and qualification for The Open 2020.
Matt Kuchar took a three-stroke lead into the final round after his superb 62 on Satuday and was in cruise control until a nightmarish seventh hole opened the door to his rivals.
The Open Qualifying Series allows for the leading four players who finish in the top 12 and ties at the SMBC Singapore Open and who are not already exempt to earn a place at The Open, to be held at Royal St George’s from 12-19 July, 2020.
A minimum of 46 places in The Open are available through the The Open Qualifying Series, which provides golfers with opportunities to qualify at events around the world on the PGA TOUR, DP World Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Asian Tour, Korean Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Sunshine Tour. The SMBC Singapore Open is a long-standing partner with The Open Qualifying Series and is usually the first event in the calendar year to offer qualifying spots.