With their accomplishments at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. A competition that is a part of the British Open Qualifying Series, Kurt Kitayama, Harris English. And Davis Riley secured spots in The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool. Golf and British Open 2023 fans can buy British Open Tickets from our website.

In Bay Hill, where the top three finishers who weren’t previously exempt for the Championship were eligible for one of three berths in The British Open. Kitayama displayed outstanding poise down the stretch to win his first PGA Tour event with a nine-under total.

Kitayama, who had been in the lead after 54 holes, experienced a significant setback when his drive at the ninth hole went out of bounds, resulting in a triple-bogey.

Kurt Kitayama is now leading the British Open 2023 Qualifiers
Kurt Kitayama is now leading the British Open 2023 Qualifiers

The event was then completely open, as the lead often changed hands as players like Jordan Spieth. Rory McIlroy, Tyrrell Hatton, and Scottie Scheffler all seemed like they might win. But, Kitayama ultimately prevailed after making a birdie on the par-3 17th and an outstanding long putt on the 18th to leave the simplest of tap-ins for victory.

“It will be incredible to compete in The Open”, said Kitayama, who qualified for the Championship at St Andrew’s last year with a second-place result at the Genesis Scottish Open the previous week.

“It always feels amazing to play in a major, no matter what.”

English will compete in The Open for the eighth time after finishing one stroke behind Kitayama at Bay Hill in a tie for second with the already exempt McIlroy. Nothing beats an Open Championship, it’s one of my favorite competitions of the year, remarked English.

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“I’ve previously played Royal Liverpool” (in 2014). It was a difficult course, and it started to wind up, so I didn’t make the cut. I adore the community there, and I can’t wait to go back.

Riley, on the other hand, can anticipate making his Open debut after surging up the leaderboard on Sunday with a six-under 66. Riley and Trey Mullinax tied for eighth place at the end of the competition according to Riley’s superior Official World Golf Ranking he claimed the third and final qualifying place.

Harris English is at no 2 rankings in the British Open 2023 qualifiers series
Harris English is at no 2 rankings in the British Open 2023 qualifiers series

Riley added, “The Open is one of those competitions you dream of playing as a youngster”.

“It’s amazing to finally see something come to fruition. You watch the greats, like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player, the names are infinite. The possibility will be fantastic. Although the Junior Ryder Cup course in Blairgowrie was parkland rather than traditional links.

“I had played a little in the UK. I can’t wait to experience it for the first time at Royal Liverpool. A unique experience, playing there.”

Every golfer who has earned a qualifying spot and then qualifies for exemption under one or more categories. Prior to the 1 June deadline for entries into The Open will have that spot allocated to them to the following non-exempt golfer. Who will be chosen from a reserve list for every competition played prior to this date. The 151st British Open Championship fans can buy British Open 2023 Tickets from our website.

We examine the five Irish winners who have won The Open Championship in our article titled “Irish Champions of The Open” on St. Patrick’s Day.

Fred Daly  Royal Liverpool, 1947 

The first Irishman to win the title of Champion Golfer of the Year was Fred Daly. Who triumphed at Royal Liverpool in 1947 with an incredible score of 21 over par. The course’s par that week was 68, two shots less than Royal Liverpool’s customary par of 72. Since par scoring records began in 1938, this resulted in erratic par scoring and continues to this day to be the highest winning par of any Open champion.

The Claret Jug was brought to Ireland for the 80th Open Championship at Royal Portrush thanks to Daly’s victory. Although Portrush was eventually reintroduced to The Open schedule as a result of Daly’s victory and success in golf’s first major. It would take another 60 years before the next Irish Open champion emerged.

Padraig Harrington 2007’s Carnoustie & 2008’s Royal Birkdale

Padraig Harrington, the first Irish Open champion since Daly and the first Open champion from the Republic of Ireland. Put up incredible performances to win back-to-back tournaments at Carnoustie and Royal Birkdale in 2007 and 2008.

Even though Harrington is the only Irishman to have won The Open twice, both of his victories were notable. But his first Open Championship victory stood out as the most dramatic.

Harrington began the day six shots behind leader Sergio Garcia. Eagled the 14th hole to move to six under par for the day and nine under for the competition. Giving him a one-shot advantage over Garcia who was one hole back at the time.

Still holding a slim lead on the 18th. Harrington visited the famed Barry Burn twice and appeared defeated as his chance appeared to be lost. But after Garcia’s winning putt from eight feet missed the hole on the 18th. Harrington took advantage of a second chance in the playoff to win his first major championship.

Padraig Harrington won British Open in 2007 and 2008
Padraig Harrington won British Open in 2007 and 2008

The Irishman went on to successfully defend his title the following year. Triumphing both the course and the weather at a breezy Royal Birkdale to become just the eighth player to do so in The Open Championship since World War II.

Darren Clarke 2011 Royal St. Georges

Darren Clarke defeated Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson by three strokes to win the 2011 Open at Royal St. George’s. Being a clear underdog entering the week, Clarke produced some remarkably steady and resilient golf at Royal St Georges in challenging. Wet, and windy conditions ensured he became the first Northern Ireland player to win The Open in 64 years.

A well-timed eagle in the last round gave Clarke a lead over Mickelson. Who was closing fast but began to wane on the back nine. Dustin Johnson’s shank on the 14th hole ended his prospects as well. But Clarke held firm and eventually captured the major that his career had so frequently hinted at.

Rory McIlroy 2014 Royal Liverpool

Rory McIlroy disproved an early belief in the golf world that his ball flight would make it tough for him to win an Open in 2014 with a stunning victory at Royal Liverpool. McIlroy beat Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler by two strokes on a course that has produced some of the greatest Open Champions in history.

Rory McIlroy won British Open in 2014
Rory McIlroy won British Open in 2014

Just six players have won The Open single-handedly since it was changed to a 72-hole competition. And McIlroy became the second Northern Irishman to win the championship in the past four years by holding off strong challenges on the final day. The Ulsterman was at ease enough to celebrate his victory on the 18th hole. Which would turn out to be his most recent triumph on British soil to date?

Shane Lowry 2019’s Royal Portrush

Shane Lowry, the most recent Champion Golfer of the Year and the second golfer from the Republic to receive that honor. Won by six strokes at Royal Portrush in 2019, making him a suitable homecoming triumph.

When The Open finally returned to Irish soil after a 58-year absence. Lowry recorded an incredible third round of 63 to lead the pack. After that, Lowry never looked back and won easily at home. The entire island came together to support their hero as he crossed the finish line on the 18th. Giving the 32-year-old one of the loudest cheers in recent memory.

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