Italian Edoardo Molinari and English golf pair Matthew Baldwin and Danny Willett secured their places in The 143rd Open Championship after the final round of the 2014 Irish Open at Fota Island Resort.

33 year-old Molinari posted a final round of 67 to finish in second place on 12-under-par, one stroke behind winner Mikko Ilonen of Finland. The Italian will now make his fifth appearance at The Open when it is played from 17-20 July at Royal Liverpool.

The two-time European Tour winner and 2010 Ryder Cup player has not played at a Major Championship since The Masters in 2012 and has been focused on returning to form after two surgeries on his left wrist.

Molinari will be joined by England’s Baldwin and Willett after both finished tied third on 11-under-par alongside Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg. The pair earned the second and third qualifying places based on their higher positions in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Baldwin has a single victory on the Challenge Tour and played his first Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 where he finished tied 23rd. The 28-year-old is looking forward to making his second Major Championship appearance close to home.

Willett posted the only hole-in-one of the tournament on his way to establishing a new course record of 63 in the third round. The 2012 BMW International Open Champion is a former Walker Cup player and in March of 2008 was the number one ranked player in the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING before turning professional. He will make his third Open appearance at Hoylake after finishing tied 15th in 2013 at Muirfield.

The Irish Open is the fifth stage in the Open Qualifying Series which consists of 14 events in nine countries on five continents. The Qualifying Series continues at the Quicken Loans National on the PGA TOUR from 26-29 June and the next event on the European Tour will be The Alstom Open de France from 3-6 July at Le Golf National near Paris.

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