Six Northern Irish golfers compete for places at the Open in final qualifying alongside Tour veterans
Six Northern Irish golfers will be alongside some big names when they attempt to land a spot at The Open Championship at final qualifying on Tuesday.
Former European Tour player Michael Hoey, fellow pros Gareth Shaw (Moyola Park) and Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye), teenage amateur Tom McKibbin, Massereene's Tiarnan McLarnon and Warrenpoint player Colm Campbell will all tee it up over 36 holes, vying for a place in the year's final major.
Final qualifying, and the 156 players taking part, are split into four separate venues with three places up for grabs at each.
Professional duo Shaw and Hoey are set to play at Notts (Hollinwell) and face some esteemed company. The two biggest names teeing it up are 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship winner Robert Rock and 2010 BMW PGA Championship victor Simon Khan.
The other four Northern Irish stars will all play at Fairmont St Andrews alongside three-time winner on the European Tour Marc Warren and Laurie Canter, who qualified for the 2017 Open and went on to make the cut.
The third venue at Prince's sees the likes of two-time Ryder Cup player David Howell, Matthew Southgate and Sam Horsfield competing for an Open place while, at St Annes Old Links, Amateur Champion Daniel Sugrue will be up against Ronan Keating's teenage nephew Dylan Keating and 2008 Irish Open winner Richard Finch.
Portrush native Graeme McDowell, of course, would have been teeing it up in qualifying had he not secured his place at The Open at the Canadian Open.
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McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke are the three local golfers to have already rubber-stamped their spots at Royal Portrush.
Northern Irish players' tee-times at Open final qualifying
Michael Hoey (Notts): 8.05am / 1.35pm
Gareth Shaw (Notts): 10.05am / 3.35pm
Tiarnan McLarnon (Fairmont): 7.20am / 1.05pm
Colm Campbell (Fairmont) 7.30am / 1.15pm
Jonathan Caldwell (Fairmont): 7.40am / 1.25pm
Tom McKibbin (Fairmont): 7.50am / 1.35pm
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