Sam Bairstow has admitted winning a place in The 149th Open at Royal St George’s is a dream come true.
The England men’s squad player finished third in the final qualifying series at St Annes Old Links to book a place in the world’s oldest major.
In the first round of qualifying, Bairstow broke the course record at the Lancashire venue by firing nine birdies in a bogey-free round of 63.
The Yorkshireman followed up with a second round 69 and will now tee it up alongside the game’s elite at the greatest championship in golf.
“It’s going to be amazing to be in The Open at Royal St George’s,” confirmed Bairstow, a member at Hallowes Golf Club.
“I just want to enjoy the experience and whatever happens, happens.
“The Open is my favourite major so to play in it will be an absolute honour. This is definitely at the top of my career so far.”
Bairstow’s form over the past season has been consistently good and his appearance in The Open is fitting reward for the hard work put in over the years.
In 2019, Bairstow won the North of England Open Amateur Championship, the Hampshire Salver and challenged in the Brabazon Trophy.
Earlier this season the left-hander finished sixth in the Men’s Scottish Open and reached the last eight of the Amateur Championship at Nairn.
“I can’t really believe it to be honest,” added Bairstow who will be a key member of the England squad for Home Internationals later in the year.
“I don’t know what to say. I played The Amateur Championship and had four good weeks up in Scotland playing a lot of links golf. To come back to a links course feels like second nature.”
The 149th Open will be played on the Kent coast between 15-18 July – with Bairstow having earned the right to take his place beside the world’s top players.
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