My preparation for the Monday qualifier is almost complete. After two rounds at the Torrance course at the Fairmont, I decided to join my three pals for a round on the Old Course yesterday. It’s not often you get to play the Old Course in perfect conditions, a wee wind and about 75 degrees.

Tomorrow I will qualify to join the 124 exempt players already in the event starting on Thursday. My round tomorrow will require some solid ball striking and of course getting my putts to drop. The Torrance course at the Fairmont is a beautiful course with many amazing vistas of the coastline and down into St Andrews.

With 160 players at my qualifying site vying for 6 spots in the Open, the margin for error will be razor thin. After my 1 shot miss in the USGA Senior Am qualifier, I am hoping to rectify that poor showing by playing a great round tomorrow and getting into my 6th Senior Open here in the UK.

With unusually warm weather, the day should be quite pleasant, and I plan to have a strong strategy to attack this tough, but fair links course.

Stay tuned for photos from my round at the Old Course yesterday, and results from the qualifier tomorrow. Results can be found at


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