Three more spots in The Open 2019 have been secured after a memorable weekend of action in The City of Johannesburg.
Through The Open Qualifying Series, Romain Langasque, Charl Schwartzel and Oliver Wilson have all qualified for The Open 2019 by finishing in the top three, respectively, at the South African Open from December 6-9, 2018.
The South African Open was the second event of The Open 2019 Qualifying Series, a global series of tournaments that opens up a total of 46 qualifying spots for next year's event at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
Let's take a look at the three newest names headed to Northern Ireland next summer.
See who qualified in The Australian Open.
South African Open
While Frenchman Romain Langasque was the first one to punch his ticket to The Open 2019 in Johannesburg, he didn't come out on top in the South African Open.
It was actually hometown hero Louis Oosthuizen who walked away from Randpark Golf Club with the championship. Oosthuizen won by six strokes to finish 18-under par, but that didn't play a factor in the qualifying series — he is exempt from The Open.
With the qualifying race wide open, it was Langasque who took advantage. Through three rounds, it didn't look like the 23-year old would end the tournament near the top of the leaderboard, but a fiery fourth round helped seal the deal.
He entered the final day sitting at 13th, but came alive on the final hole. Langasque shot a 66 that included an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys to finish the day at 12-under par and in second place.
This will be Langasque's second appearance in The Open. He qualified in 2015 after winning The Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in thrilling fashion. That means that The 2019 Open will be the first time Langasque competes in the international major as a professional.
“Three months ago I was on the Challenge Tour and I didn't have a card and now I've qualified for The Open” – @Lancaisse— TaylorMadeGolfEurope (@TaylorMadeTour) December 10, 2018
Congratulations Romain! Anyone else already looking forward to #TheOpen? #TeamTaylorMade pic.twitter.com/EosSqHz8mT
South African Charl Schawartzel is no stranger to The Open. In fact, with a tied for third place finish at Randpark, he has qualfied for his 11th straight trip to golf's international major championship and his 15th all time.
Schwartzel led the pack through two rounds after shooting a 63 on Friday, but 72s on Saturday and Sunday put any momentum he had gathered to a anticlimactic stop. However, his early lead allowed him to stay in the pack and finish tied for third at 10-under. Due to his position in the Official Golf World Ranking, Schwartzel was awarded qualification for Royal Portrush.
Since his conquest at Augusta National® seven years ago, Schwartzel has failed to reach those same heights, but the 34-year old is hoping that a big performance in Northern Ireland can rejuvenate his career once again.
The tale of Oliver Wilson can be seen as a Shakespearean tragedy at some points, but the Englishman is now looking for his story of redemption.
When coming into Final Qualifying for The 147th Open, Wilson sat at 1,966th in the world rankings. He made it to Carnoustie, but didn't last through the initial cut.
Wilson put together a 67 in the final round to finish the tournament in the log jam at third place, but, like Schartzel, was able to secure qualification for Royal Portrush thanks to his position in the Official Golf World Ranking.
This will mark the sixth time that Wilson has competed in The Open.
.@theopen here we come...😁— Oliver Wilson (@Oliver_Wilson) December 9, 2018
Fantastic week here @randparkgolfclub, T3, best result since 2014 = a very happy man & a very happy @maxbill91
Now onto Leopard Creek, my favourite place in Golf to finish the year. pic.twitter.com/uF3LFZlxpG
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