The winner will secure a dream place in The 150th Open at St Andrews next month – and we look at five players to watch over the famous Lancashire links.
Ludvig Åberg, Sweden (World Amateur Golf Ranking® (WAGR®) – 3
Åberg reached number two on the WAGR in April when he won the Big 12 Men's Championship. It was his second victory of 2022 following February’s successful defence of The Prestige, and his fifth collegiate victory. It helped the Texas Tech student win the 2022 Ben Hogan Award presented by PNC Bank as best men’s college golfer over the previous 12 months. He is the third European to win that award, following Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm. The Eslov, Sweden native won last year’s Jones Cup and finished second in the European Amateur. He will make his second appearance in the Arnold Palmer Cup this year. His best finish in The Amateur is making it to round three in 2019.
Ratchanon Chantananuwat, Thailand, WAGR – 9
The Thai teenager has come far in two years, from outside the WAGR top 2,000 to seventh by April this year, collecting a professional win en route. Chantananuwat featured in the WAGR news of 16 December 2020 as the highest mover with a jump of 973 rankings to 2,289th after winning the Faldo Series Thailand Championship – Hua Hin. By December last year he was 167th with a 15th place finish in the Asian Tour’s Blue Canyon Phuket Championship. He went 14 places better this April by winning the Trust Golf Asian Mixed Cup on the Asian circuit to become the youngest male winner of a professional tournament at just 15 years and 37 days. That two-shot win took him to seventh on the WAGR table and he remains in the top ten.