Harman Takes High Road to Scotland

Brian Harman qualified for next month's Open Championship. Picture by Michael Cohen/R&A via Getty Images
Brian Harman qualified for next month’s Open Championship. Picture by Michael Cohen/R&A via Getty Images

Connecticut, United States: Brian Harman, Graham DeLaet, Carl Pettersson and Luke Donald qualified for the 144th Open at St Andrews through the Open Qualifying Series at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

American Harman finished on 15-under-par for the championship to finish one shot behind Bubba Watson and Paul Casey, who went into a two-hole play-off, which was won by Watson. Canadian DeLaet finished on 14-under-par and Swede Pettersson was one shot further back.

Donald finished on 11-under, one behind Zach Johnson who is already exempt for The Open, and alongside Americans Bo Van Pelt and Mark Wilson. The Englishman secured the final qualifying place by virtue of his higher position in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Harman turned in one-over and enjoyed an eventful back nine, trading four birdies and two bogeys for a one-under 69. The 28-year-old former Walker Cup player from Georgia won the 2014 John Deere Classic to qualify for The Open at Royal Liverpool where he finished tied 26th.

Harman said: “I’m excited about playing at The Open. I have been thinking about it for a long time and really trying to look at a way to get in there. This one burns a little bit but this definitely helps the sting.

“The Open is one of my favourite championships that I have ever played in. I love that style of golf and I will be really excited to get over there.”

Despite getting off to a bad start with a double-bogey at the first hole and finishing with a bogey, DeLaet produced four birdies to finish with a one-under 69. The 33-year-old, who played in the 2013 Presidents Cup, will make his third consecutive appearance at The Open.

Pettersson carded five birdies against one dropped shot for a four-under 66 to finish on 13-under overall.  The 37-year-old from Gothenburg is a five-time winner on the PGA Tour and has one European Tour victory. He will make his eighth appearance in The Open, with his best finish coming at Royal Liverpool in 2006 where he was tied eighth, and his first at St Andrews.

Former world number one Donald was concerned that a bogey at the last hole would prove costly but the 37-year-old had earlier notched up three birdies and an eagle on the par-five 13th to post a four-under 66 and finish on 11-under for the championship. The Englishman has made 14 appearances in The Open with his best finishes of tied fifth coming at Turnberry in 2009 and Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012.

Charley Hoffmann, Robert Streb, Kevin Kisner and Steven Bowditch secured places in The Open as non-exempt players in the top-20 of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points list on completion of the Travelers Championship.

Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Swede Alex Noren also secured places as non-exempt players in the top-20 of the European Tour Race to Dubai rankings after the conclusion of the BMW International Open.

The Open Qualifying Series continues this week with the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour and the Alstom Open de France on the European Tour.

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