4 new players earned their way to receive the tickets to 148th The Open
Chan Kim and Yuta Ikeda eventually played in same grouping for all 4 days and they kept on complaining why the total yardage setting for the first 2 days were around 7600 yards. On Round 3, the course was over 8000 yards, but it was again around 7600 yards setting on the Final Round. Chan couldn't fully understand Yuta's speech in Japanese, but replied with a smile and a nod.
Chan Kim couldn't finish the deal with a come from behind victory, but he was fairly satisfied with the great comeback he has made on the "monster course" after the tough injuries he had in past 2 years. He suffered serious back ache in 2017 and broke his left wrist in 2018. After long days of rehabilitation, he was able to compete in the winner's circle and show the fan he is really "BACK".
"I was 1 shot short from winning but my other goal was to gain the ticket to The Open, so I am happy. I would like to make a good result at The Open too."
Sang-Hyun Park, and Gunn Charoenkul, both finished tied to 3rd also received the tickets to The Open. This will be Gunn Charoenkul's first ever Major event.
"This honor is almost the same as my first win. I am really excited."
Sang-Hyun Park grabbed his chance by making the 8-meter birdie putt on the final hole to be in this spot, so he was very excited too. He will be in The Open for the 2nd time, 2 years in a row.
" I will try to finish better than last year."
This year, The Open will be held at Royal Portrush GC in Northern Ireland. Other than the 4 new players who received the tickets today, following players are already qualified. Shugo Imahira as 2018 Order of Merit titleholder, Shaun Norris as runner up of Money Ranking, Yuki Inamori as last year's Japan Open winner, Jazz Janewattananond and Yoshinori Fujimoto with the fine result from this year's SMBC Singapore Open, and Yosuke Asaji who won the Asian Pacific Diamond Cup.
One more ticket will be given to the top money ranker from the total prize money during this year's SMBC Singapore Open up until next week's Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills.