Four players punched their tickets Friday to this year's British Open after surviving a 36-hole qualifier in Thailand, a group that includes Cheng-Tsung Pan, one of the top amateurs in the country.
Pan, who previously qualified for the U.S. Open in both 2011 and 2013, tied for second behind medalist Hiroshi Iwata at the two-day qualifier at Amata Spring Country Club, shooting 2-under 70 both days. The 22-year-old junior at the University of Washington has some history with the venue in Chonburi - it was at this course in 2012 that Pan finished runner-up to Guan Tianlang at the Asia-Pacific Amateur, narrowly missing out on a spot at last year's Masters.
Iwata paced the field with a total of 5-under 139, while China's Ashun Wu joined Pan in second place after rounds of 72 and 68. A playoff was required to determine the final qualifying spot, as Japan's Yoshinobu Tsukada emerged from the group of four players that finished at 3-under 141, earning his spot in this summer's field with a par on the fourth extra hole.
A total of 10 players have now made it into the field via the Open Qualifying Series, with three players (John Senden, Bryden MacPherson and Rhein Gibson) earning spots at last year's Australian Open, and three more (George Coetzee, Justin Walters and Jin Jeong) doing the same with high finishes at the Joburg Open last month. The next qualifier will take place at the Mizuno Open in Japan from May 29-June 1, where the top four players not otherwise exempt will earn spots.
This year's British Open will be held July 17-20 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake.