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The 122nd Amateur Championship gets underway

• The 122nd Amateur Championship gets underway at Royal St George’s and Prince’s.

• International field made up of 288 competitors from 40 countries.

• Winner books place in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in July, the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock and by tradition, and invitation to play in the Masters Tournament.

More than 280 of the world’s leading men’s amateur golfers will tee it up in tone of the game’s most prestigious championships this week.

The 122nd Amateur Championship, which takes place at Royal St George’s and Prince’s in Kent from 19-24 June, continues to attract the most international field in the men’s amateur game, with 288 competitors from 40 countries.

International Field

The Amateur Championship continues to attract the most international field in the men’s amateur game, with 288 competitors from 40 countries.

Almost two thirds of the field (65%) will travel to the south-east of England from as far afield as Australia, China, South Africa and the United States. A total of 100 players from Great Britain and Ireland will compete, including 51 golfers from host nation England.

Walker Cup Squad

Last year’s beaten finalist Robert MacIntyre is the highest-ranked player in the field (No.6 in WAGR™)
Last year’s beaten finalist Robert MacIntyre is the highest-ranked player in the field (No.6 in WAGR™)

Several members of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup squad will feature, including last year’s beaten finalist Robert MacIntyre, who is the highest-ranked player in the field (No.6 in WAGR™), 2016 Australian Amateur champion Connor Syme, Spanish International Amateur winner Jack Davidson and Alfie Plant, who won the Lytham Trophy last year. GB&I captain Craig Watson, who won The Amateur at Royal St George's in 1997, will play in the championship as an exempt past champion.

Newly crowned St Andrews Links Trophy champion Matthew Jordan is set to be among the contenders, while the 2017 Latin America Amateur Champion Toto Gana, 2015 Boys Amateur Champion Marcus Svensson and Alejandro Aguilera, who finished runner-up in the Boys Amateur Championship at Muirfield last year, are other notable entrants. 

Fourteen R&A Foundation scholars, including the winner of this year’s R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament, Stuart Grehan, are also included in the starting field.

Former Amateur Champion and 2017 Walker Cup Captain Craig Watson features in the field.
Former Amateur Champion and 2017 Walker Cup Captain Craig Watson features in the field.

A place in The Open

The reward for the winner of The Amateur Championship is a place in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in July and the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills. Traditionally, the Amateur Champion is also invited to compete in the Masters Tournament.

Several Champion Golfers of the Year have played in The Amateur Championship over the years including Jack Nicklaus, Sir Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson. 2017 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia won The Amateur at Muirfield in 1998.

The first stage of the championship comprises two qualifying rounds of stroke play, one round on each course, before the 64 players with the lowest scores and ties for 64th place progress to the match play stage at Royal St George’s. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes except the Final which will be over 36 holes.

You can follow scoring on our Championship site throughout the Championship.