Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chip Shots

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chip Shots

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

A total of 2,220 players have entered the Open Championship at Royal Troon from July 15-18. This figure includes approximately 450 of the top 500 in the Official World Golf Rankings that, for the first time, are being used for entry into International Final Qualifying and not simply for Open exemption categories. International Final Qualifying has been, or will be, played on five continents and with 12 players already qualified from Africa, Australasia and Asia, a further minimum of 24 will come from IFQs in America and Europe on June 28. The IFQs at Congressional and Sunningdale each have fields of 120 players ( Ashington's Kenneth Ferrie and Newcastle's Mike Archer are in the line-up at Sunningdale. Approximately 1,650 players have entered the 16 Regional Qualifying competitions on July 5 and the changes in the structure of qualifying will now allow about 20 players to progress from each venue to Local Final Qualifying on July 10-11 at Glasgow, Irvine, Turnberry Kintyre and Western Gailes. …

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