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Big entry for Open qualification

A total of 2,220 players from around the world have entered for the Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 15-18.

Qualifying has been or will be played in five regions - 12 players have already advanced to final qualifying from Africa, Australasia and Asia.

A minimum of 24 will come from events in America and Europe on 28 June.

About 1,650 golfers have entered 16 qualifiers on 5 July, and 20 from each will go to final qualifying on 10-11 July at four courses in Scotland.

"We are delighted with the size and quality of the Open entry and in particular with the standard of players who wished to compete in international final qualifying," R&A director Michael Tate said.

"We introduced IFQ with the aim of making it as easy as possible for top-ranked non-exempt players to attempt to qualify on their own continent.

"The fields in IFQ certainly justify their introduction, while there has been no reduction in the number of players entering Regional Qualifying or Local Final Qualifying."

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