You da Mann!

Carnoustie caddie Scott just one step from Open - as a player!

Bob Warters's picture
Thu, 5 Jul 2007

You da Mann!

Carnoustie qualifiers
Carnoustie's Scott Mann

Scott Mann, one of the Carnoustie caddies who helped Golfmagic with our Open Championship course preview has made it through to Final Qualifying on the eve of the season's third major.

The former Scottish boys international, a plus four handicapper currently ranked sixth in Scotland, returned a 71 at Musselburgh to qualify for either Downfield, Monifieth, Montrose or Panmure on July 9-10 where 384 will play for 12 places in the Open line-up.

Sadly his father Lindsay, a former Walker Cup player, just missed out by one shot with a 72 but still hangs on to slim hopes as 42nd alternate for the next stage.

Best round of the 16 regional qualifying venues came from Jonathan Hurst, a 21-year-old off +4 from Shaw Hill (home course of Nick Dougherty), with a 64 at Pleasington.

My own local pro from Greetham Valley, Neil Evans, failed to reproduce the form that took him through to a place in the 2004 Open at Royal Troon when he shot 76 at Notts Golf Club.

To find out how your local pros and amateurs faired in Open Regional qualifying visit www.opengolf.com.

Apart from the 12 places available from Final Qualifying there are currently six exemption places left to fill in the starting line-up of 156 players for The Open Championship.

They will come from leading player, not already exempt, in the first 10 and ties of each of the 2007 Smurfit Kappa European Open and the 2007 Barclays Scottish Open and the leading player, not exempt, in the first 10 and ties of each of the 2007 AT&T and the 2007 John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour.

In addition, the first two US PGA Tour members and any US PGA Tour members tying for second place, not exempt, in a cumulative money list taken from the Tour Players Championship and the five Tour events leading up to and including the 2007 AT&T.

Have you played Carnoustie in recent months? If so we want to hear your comments about individual holes on the forum ( for example). You can also tell us during The Open what incidents you see on specific holes either as a spectator or on the TV.