Robert Rock put his Irish Open disappointment to 1 aspect as he welcomed the prospect to return to The Open for the primary time since 2016.
Rock endured a irritating last day at Lahinch, the place he led in a single day earlier than stumbling to a level-par 70 to complete three behind two-time champion Jon Rahm, however he sought solace from the comfort he had accomplished sufficient to qualify for the ultimate main of the yr at Royal Portrush.
Irish Open runner-up Bernd Wiesberger and Rock’s fellow Englishman Paul Waring grabbed the opposite two locations on supply for The 148th Open in lower than a fortnight, and Rock is trying ahead to creating his eighth look within the occasion.
“I didn’t know this is going to be my eighth Open Championship, so it’s just nice to be playing another,” mentioned Rock, who got here inside inches of carding a 59 in a shocking third spherical at Lahinch that he hopes will galvanise him for the remainder of the season.
“I’m looking forward to playing another Open, and I didn’t know whether I would get to play in any more. I have had a couple of good finishes, my best being at St Andrews, which is a nice venue to play well at, and Portrush will be amazing, I get a nice bit of support around here.”
Waring will make solely his fourth Open begin having made his debut again in 2007 after he birdied 4 of the final six holes at Lahinch to disclaim Martin Kaymer, who now wants a giant efficiency in Scotland subsequent week to keep away from lacking The Open for the primary time in 11 years.
“I am absolutely gobsmacked to be honest,” mentioned Waring, 34. “I thought I needed to go yet another however to birdie the final to get in is completely improbable, and I am actually trying ahead to it.
“I performed Royal Portrush on the Irish Open in 2012 so it is going to be good to get again there. I have some good reminiscences so trying ahead to competing there for The Open. I keep in mind the crowds have been unbelievable, and I consider The Open is offered out already so the environment goes to be improbable.”
Wiesberger was unable to compete at Carnoustie final yr as a consequence of a wrist damage that sidelined him for a lot of 2018, however the Austrian can be teeing up at Portrush having completed runner-up alongside Andy Sullivan at Lahinch.
“I determined to withdraw from Remaining Qualifying to organize for this week and it has paid off,” said Wiesberger, winner of the Made In Denmark on the European Tour in May. “I loved my week in Ireland and I have had quite a lot of success right here.
“My first Open was at Muirfield and every one after that holds a special place in my golfing memory and heart. I can’t wait to get back to Northern Ireland and play Portrush in a couple of weeks.”