Date: January 19, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Open spot for Asia-Pacific winner

If a Masters ticket wasn't enough, the "loot" on offer at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship has today gone next level.

The R&A today announced the winner of the 2017 AAC will win entry to the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Dominic Wall, the R&A's Asia-Pacific director, said: "The R&A is committed to developing and enhancing the status of amateur golf throughout Asia-Pacific.

"The exemption for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will provide a fantastic opportunity for talented amateur golfers from this part of the world to qualify for The Open."

The AAC now becomes one of four elite amateur events — alongside The Amateur Championship, European Amateur and US Amateur — to offer golfers the opportunity to qualify for The Open.

Since 2009, the AAC has been conducted in partnership between the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and the R&A with the winner earning an invitation to the following Masters.

Two of the past three winners have been Australian with Adelaide's Antonio Murdaca in 2014 and Perth's Curtis Luck last year.

New Zealand's Royal Wellington Golf Club will host this year's AAC from 26–29 October.