Open Championship Qualifying Series (OQS)

The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) is new international qualifying series involving events on the world’s leading golf tours. It was introduced for this year’s The Open Championship.

OQS qualifiers – PGA TOUR:

Quicken Loans National: Shawn Stefani, Charley Hoffman, Ben Martin, Brendan Steele
The Greenbrier Classic: George McNeill, Chris Stroud, Cameron Tringale, Billy Hurley III
John Deere Classic: Brian Harman

Of the nine players to qualify through Open Qualifying Series, only Hoffman (three starts) and McNeill (one start) have ever played in The Open Championship.

John Deere Classic winner

Since 1934, only 10 players on the PGA TOUR have won the week before winning a major, with Lee Trevino the only player performing the feat at the Open Championship:

2007 Tiger Woods won WGC-Bridgestone Invitational followed by PGA Championship

2006  Phil Mickelson  won BellSouth Classic followed by Masters

1988  Sandy Lyle won Greater Greensboro Open followed by the Masters

1971  Lee Trevino won the Canadian Open followed by the Open Championship

1959 Art Wall  won the Azalea Open followed by the Masters

1949  *Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open followed by the Masters

1946 *Ben Hogan  won the Winnipeg Open followed by the PGA                           

1945 *Byron Nelson won the Chicago Victory Open followed by the PGA

1939  Ralph Guldahl  won the Greater Greensboro Open followed by the Masters

1939 *Henry Picard won the Scranton Open followed by the PGA

*No event scheduled the week after first win. Major was the next event contested

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Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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