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Tokimatsu, Ichihara qualify for Open at Carnoustie

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Ryuko Tokimatsu and Kodai Ichihara qualified for the 2018 Open Championship on Sunday via the Japan Golf Tour's Order of Merit.

Ichihara won the Japan Golf Tour Championship on Sunday by one shot over Tokimatsu, who bogeyed the last two holes to let his second win of the season slip away.

The victory is Ichihara's first on the Japan Golf Tour and advanced him to second on the circuit's money list, behind Tokimatsu.

The top two players on the tour's money list at the end of this week qualify for The Open, meaning Tokimatsu and Ichihara are now headed to Carnoustie.

Tokimatsu, 24, will be making his Open debut.

Ichihara, 36, will be playing The Open for the third time. He first made the field via International Final Qualifying in 2012, missing the cut at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's. He returned via the Open Qualifying Series in 2016, finishing T-79.

The Open Qualifying Series resumes at the Korea Open (June 21-24).