Local golf professional Daniel Croft has beaten the odds to qualify for this year’s Open Championship.
Mersey Valley Golf Club professional Daniel Croft is on cloud 9 after his fantastic performance in the final Open qualification played at the West Lancashire Golf Course . Considered a true test of golf the Merseyside course proved to be no obstacle for Dan as he fought his way through the qualifying rounds and shot an impressive 6 under over the final 36 holes. This score was good enough to land a top 3 finish and achieve his life’s ambition to play in The Open Championship.
The elated 24 year old said ” It’s been a crazy week but I’m over the moon to have qualified. It is tough but I always try to do a few hours practice a day along with my coaching so there’s a lot of sacrifices. I don’t get a lot of time to see my family and friends , especially through the summertime but it goes to show that hard work pays off”
When asked who he would most like to play with Dan said that a perfect threeball at St Georges would be with Rory McIlroy and perhaps Sergio Garcia or Tommy Fleetwood. His next aim is to hopefully make the cut and see how well he can fare alongside the worlds greatest players over the final two rounds.
This years Open is the 149th and is being held at Royal St. Georges in Kent. The Sandwich course has hosted 14 Open Championships since it became the first course outside Scotland to hold the competition in 1894. Daniel Croft will be hoping to join the likes of Darren Clarke, Greg Norman and Sandy Lyle to hoist the famous claret jug trophy here. Author Ian Fleming used the Royal St George’s course under the name “Royal St. Marks” in his 1959 novel Goldfinger. When he died, Fleming was the Captain-elect of the Club.