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Sterne, Van Rooyen qualify for Open Championship

News24
25 Jun 2019, 23:42 GMT+10

Cape Town - South African duo Richard Sterne and Erik van Rooyen have earned their spot at next month's Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

The duo were two of the four golfers who were in the Top 20 of the Race to Dubai rankings after the BMW International Open, who hadn't already qualified for the final Major championship.

Sterne, who is ranked at 143rd, currently sits 16th on the Race to Dubai rankings after his runner-up finish at the Abu Dhabi Championship and a T9 finish at the Trophee Hassan II.

The six-time European Tour winner will be making his eighth Open appearance after missing out last season.

Van Rooyen made his Major debut at Carnoustie last year with a Top 20 finish.

Van Rooyen, who is currently 84th in the world rankings, has been in fine form after his T8 at the PGA Championship.

Sterne and Van Rooyen will join two-time Major champion Ernie Els, 2010 Open winner Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Harding, Zander Lombard, Shaun Norris and Brandon Stone.

Meanwhile, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel qualified for this year's Open Championship but withdrew due to a wrist injury.

The 2019 Open Championship is set to get underway from July 18-21.

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