Players from all over the world have a variety of possibilities to qualify for The 151st Open at Royal Liverpool through the Open Qualifying Series in 2023. We provide you with all the information you require on The Open Qualifying Series and eligibility for The Open. Golf and British Open 2023 fans can buy British Open Tickets from our website.

How can you become eligible for The Open?

Players can qualify for The Open in a variety of ways. The 156 available spots are distributed across many exemption categories, accounting for more than half of them. Players previously excluded from the rule include, for instance, any Champion Golfer under 60.

The top 10 finishers from the most recent Open Championship, are the champions of certain elite amateur competitions. And the top 30 finishers on the Rankings for the FedExCup and Race to Dubai. The 151st Open’s complete list of exemption categories is available here.

Players have a variety of possibilities to qualify for The 151st British Open at Royal Liverpool
Players have a variety of possibilities to qualify for The 151st British Open at Royal Liverpool

The Open Qualifying Series and Final Qualifying provide additional spots in the field. The exemption list, The Open Qualifying Series, and Final Qualifying will all be used to fill the remaining spots if a full field of 156 players has not been attained.

The Open Qualification Series: What is it?

The Open Qualifying Series, or OQS, is a collection of professional tour competitions held on various continents where competitors can qualify for The Open. Players who are not currently exempt from The Open will be given spots in each event.

What competitions will be part of The Open Qualification Series in 2023?

The Open Qualification Series’ schedule is as follows:

  • Johannesburg Open held from November 24-27, 2022;
  • ISPS Handa Australian Open held from December 2022;
  • The Arnold Palmer Invitational, sponsored by Mastercard, held from March 2-5, 2023
  • World City Championship, held from March 23–26 and sponsored by the Hong Kong Golf Club
  • Wells Fargo Championship, May 4–7.
  • Mizuno Open is from May 25–28.
  • The Memorial Tournament is from June 1–4.
  • 22–25 June: KOLON Korea Open
  • 29–2 July: Sir Nick Faldo’s Betfred British Masters
  • Manufactured in HimmerLand, 6–9 July
  • Genesis Scottish Open, July 13–16

On Monday, June 25, and Tuesday, July 4, respectively, professional and amateur players will both be able to qualify for The Open through Regional Qualifying and Final Qualifying. The 151st British Open Championship fans can buy British Open 2023 Tickets from our website.

The Open Qualification Series offers how many spots in The 151st Open?

There will be at least 50 spots available in Final Qualifying and The Open Qualification Series.

Who has so far participated in The Open Qualification Series and earned a spot in The 151st Open?

Dan Bradbury, Sami Valimaki, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout at the Johannesburg Open

ISSP Handa Alejandro Canizares, Haydn Barron, and Min Woo Lee at the Australian Open

Alan Palmer Invitational: Kurt Kitayama, Harris English, and Davis Riley, presented by Mastercard

How can I stay up to date with The Open Qualification Series?

Every competition in The Open Qualification Series will be covered by and The Open’s social media platforms. With updates on the players who have secured spots in The 151st Open.

Many channels and social media platforms are covering British open 2023 Qualifying tournaments
Many channels and social media platforms are covering the British Open 2023 Qualifying tournaments

The Open Qualification Series participants are who?

The Open Qualification Series events’ starting lineups will be visible on on the days before each one.

What will happen if players later qualify for exemption under different categories?

In contrast to prior standards, the top players who make the cut and are not already exempt as of The Open’s entry deadline on June 1 will be given qualifying spots.

The next non-exempt player will be chosen from a reserve list for each event played before June if a golfer who qualified for a qualifying spot later becomes exempt under one or more categories before the entry deadline.

What transpires if the final qualifying position is tied?

The player with the higher ranking in the OWGR (as published at the start of each week) will be given a place in The Open in the event of a tie for a qualifying spot, with the exception of ties for first place, which will be decided in line with the regulations for the tournament in question.

What happens if the OWGR rankings of the players on the field are the same or different?

A card countback will be used to break ties when two or more competitors have the same OWGR or when two or more competitors have no OWGR. If a tie still exists after the second 9 holes, the last 6 or 3 or 2 or 1 hole from the first 9 holes of the final round in OQS will be used in the card countback. The third, second, and first rounds of the event will all use the same card countback if a tie still develops.

Double trouble / Back-to-back Champion Golfers

When Francesco Molinari attempts to defend his Champion Golfer of the Year title at Royal Portrush in this year’s 148th Open, he will have the chance to become a member of an exclusive group.

The Claret Jug has only been won back-to-back by a few golfers, with Padraig Harrington becoming the most recent to do so with his triumphs in 2007 and 2008. After winning his first Open championship in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale the year before, Jordan Spieth appeared to be on track to follow in the footsteps of Harrington at Carnoustie last summer.

Harrington get his second British OPen victory at Royal Birkdale
Harrington gets his second British Open victory at Royal Birkdale

However, after entering the final round tied for the lead, he was unable to seize the opportunity to become the first man to successfully defend the Claret Jug in ten years. Here is a list of the golfers who have won back-to-back championships over the years, in advance of Molinari’s attempt in County Antrim to join that exclusive group.

Harrington concludes a protracted wait

Before Harrington won his second Claret Jug victory at Royal Birkdale, no European had successfully defended The Open in for than 100 years. After starting the final round in a seven-man tie for third, the Irishman won the title of Champion Golfer for the first time when he defeated Sergio Garcia in a thrilling play-off at Carnoustie.

Harrington’s defense almost failed when a wrist injury prevented him from competing, but he defeated Greg Norman in the decisive round to win the championship.

Amazingly, Tiger Woods, a three-time champion golfer, accomplished the feat two years prior to Harrington’s triumph, taking home back-to-back Claret Jugs in 2005 and 2006.

Woods first visited St. Andrews, the location of his first Open victory, where he had triumphed so easily in 2000, and he once again dominated as he had a five-shot lead from start to finish. After his father passed away two months previously, he successfully defended his championship at Hoylake by holding off Chris DiMarco’s attack to win by two.

Watson is in charge.

The last golfer to successfully defend his Champion Golfer title before Woods was Tom Watson, who added back-to-back Claret Jug victories in 1982 and 1983 to his three previous triumphs.

Tom Watson get back-to-back Claret Jug victories in 1982 and 1983
Tom Watson gets back-to-back Claret Jug victories in 1982 and 1983

At Royal Troon in 1982, Watson was seven strokes down at the midway point, but on Saturday, he climbed the leaderboard before finishing with a one-shot victory against Peter Oosterhuis.

Watson defeated fellow Americans Hale Irwin and Andy Bean by one stroke at Royal Birkdale the following year to claim his third Open victory in four years. When Lee Trevino won The Open twice in a row, the first time at Royal Birkdale in 1971, only weeks after winning the US Open, he was one of the most popular golfers in the world.

The Merry Mex defeated Lu Liang-Huan at the 100th Open, then successfully defended his championship at Muirfield to thwart Jack Nicklaus’ attempt to complete the Grand Slam. With his second consecutive Claret Jug, he became the first since Arnold Palmer in 1962 to successfully defend the championship after the American won his first Open at Royal Birkdale the previous year.

Palmer earned the title of Champion Golfer for the first time, defeating Welshman Dai Rees, and then followed it up at Royal Troon a year later by defeating Australian Derek Nagle by six strokes. is the best website to buy all Golf Events and British Open Tickets.