More big names for the Open

The Claret Jug at Royal Lytham Golf Club, St Annes. Club secretary Graham Cochrane.
The Claret Jug at Royal Lytham Golf Club, St Annes. Club secretary Graham Cochrane.
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FOUR more players have booked their place in the field for the Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes this summer.

They are India’s Anirban Lahiri and Prayad Marksaeng, Japanese Kodai Ichihara and Singapore’s Mardan Mamat.

They made it to Lytham by claiming the top four places in final Asia qualifying in faraway Chonburi, Thailand.

Lahiri won the competition outright, and will make his major debut in the 2012 Open.

He said: “It has been a childhood dream of mine.”

The young Indian, who posted a nine-under-par 135, added: “This is something every player looks forward to. I’m glad we have this opportunity on the Asian Tour.

“The fact that I have come here and won it is very special to me, and I hope that I can make it a memorable one at The Open.”

It is estimated that the global television audience for this summer’s Open Championship will be 458 million, with the event screened in 196 countries.

No wonder such a widely-watched event is so important for the economy, and profile, of the South Fylde area.