Sunday, July 12, 2015

Richie Ramsay gets place in Open championship field

Tim Clark (South Africa) has withdrawn from The Open and is replaced by Richie Ramsay, Scotland.
The next three competitors on the reserve list are as follows:
1st Reserve: Shawn Stefani, USA
2nd Reserve: George McNeill, USA
3rd Reserve: Chris Wood, England

Raphael Jacquelin, Daniel Brooks and Rikard Karlberg qualified for The 144TH Open at St Andrews after the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open today.

Three places in the Championship, set to be played later this week from 16-19 July, were available through The Open Qualifying Series at the European Tour event at Gullane Golf Club for the leading three non-exempt players who finished in the top ten and ties.

The R&A announced Sunday that Tim Clark had withdrawn from the Open at St. Andrews and would be replaced by Richie Ramsay.
However, the announcement did not specify for what reason Clark pulled out of the year's third major championship, although it is believed to be because of visa issues.
As a South African, Clark is subjected to strict new visa laws that his country enacted to combat child trafficking. When he knows he’s going to play somewhere other than in the U.S., where he holds a visa, he has to plan months in advance. It starts with a meeting to apply for the visa where he undergoes “biometrics” such as finger-printing. But to make an appointment, interested parties must start with a letter confirming they have reason for a visa.
The R&A told Clark they would not send the letter until he was officially in the field. Clark earned his exemption via his world ranking after last month's Travelers Championship and a letter was subsequently sent, albeit too late for Clark. 
“I needed it six weeks ago,” Clark said.



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