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Open qualification moves dates

Local qualifying for next year's British Open has been brought forward five days to avoid a clash with the European Tour's Scottish Open, organisers said on Tuesday.

Local final qualifying (LFQ) will take place on June 10 and 11 at four venues in Britain to allow players the added option of competing in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond later that week.

In recent years, the Scottish Open has been held the week before the British Open, the third of the year's four majors.

"At present ... players find themselves unable to play both in LFQ and any professional event in the week prior to the Open due to the clash of dates," said Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) director Mike Tate.

"It has always been our aim to give players as wide a choice as possible as to when and where they attempt to qualify.

"In consultation with the European Tour, we decided to bring LFQ forward by five days to the Monday and Tuesday of the week prior to the Open and believe we have added an additional opportunity in that regard."

The leading player in the Scottish Open not already exempt gains automatic entry to the British Open the following week.

The 2006 British Open is scheduled to be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England from July 20-23 when Tiger Woods will defend the title he won by five shots at St Andrews two months ago.


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