Tied for third at 10-under at the Scottish Open
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Byung-hoon Ahn tied for third place at the Genesis Scottish Open, a PGA of America (PGA)-DP World Tour co-sanctioned event that concluded Saturday (local time) at The Renaissance Club (par-70) in North Berwick, Scotland, to earn a spot in the final major of the season, The Open Championship. Courtesy of the PGA Tour
Byung-hoon Ahn, 32, has earned a spot in the final major of the season, The Open Championship.
Byung-hoon Ahn carded four birdies and four bogeys for an even-par total of 10-under 270 in the final round of the Genesis Scottish Open, co-hosted by the PGA of America and DP World Tour, at The Renaissance Club (par-70) in North Berwick, Scotland, United Kingdom, on Saturday (local time). His third-place finish, tied with World No. 1 Scottie Shaffler (27-USA), earned him a spot in The Open, which begins Tuesday at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Wirral, England.
Ahn qualified for the Open, which is reserved for the top three players in the tournament, excluding those who have already qualified. Ahn, who is making his ninth career start, has one win on the DP World Tour, a top-10 finish at the 2015 BMW Championship, but no PGA Tour victories.
“I’m flying back to the States tomorrow, so I don’t have any extra clothes, so I’m going to have to do laundry all afternoon,” Ahn said. “I didn’t think I would be playing in the Open Championship, but the last few days I’ve been playing, I wanted to aim for the Open, so I wanted to play a little better,” Ahn said. “I’ll do my best to get a good result in the Open, which is like a little bonus.”
Kim Joo-hyung, 21, entered the final day in second place, one stroke off the lead, looking for an upset victory, but he dropped three shots on the final day, including a double bogey on the par-4 18th hole, to finish tied for sixth.
There are seven South Koreans in the field, including Lim Sung-jae, Kim Si-woo, Kim Joo-hyung and Lee Kyung-hoon, as well as three others who qualified (Ahn Byung-hoon, Kim Bi-o and Kang Kyung-nam).
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy (34-Northern Ireland) won his first tournament in Europe in seven years with a final round of 15-under 265 to beat Robert McIlroy (27-Scotland) by one stroke. It was his 24th win on the PGA Tour and 16th on the DP World Tour. McIlroy especially held off McIlroy on the 18th hole of the day, 스포츠토토 holing his second shot to about 3 meters from the cup for birdie. He earned $1.75 million for his victory.