British Open Qualifying Goes International

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International qualifying events for the British Open will be held on five continents starting in 2004. The new system gives more players from around the world the chance to qualify for the Open from their home territories.
 
The international final qualifying events will be played in Africa, Asia, Australasia, America and Europe for the first time in the build-up to the Open at Royal Troon on July 15-18, 2004.
 
The events will be open to players holding Official World Golf Ranking points who have not gained exemption into the championship by any other qualification. The field for each international final qualifying will be limited to 120 players. If the entry is higher, players with the greater number of world ranking points will gain the places. Players may choose any of the five international venues, regardless of where they normally compete.
 
In 2004 the new international final qualifying (IFQ) competitions of 36-hole stroke play will be held on Feb. 24 at Kingston Heath Golf Club, Victoria, Australia; June 28 at Sunningdale Golf Club's Old and New Courses, England, and Congressional Country Club's Gold and Blue Courses, near Washington, D.C.
 
Further international qualifying will be held at Saujana Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on a date to be announced, and in South Africa, where venue and date are still to be confirmed.