Matthew Jordan needed to undergo remaining qualifying to safe his place at The Open.

Hoylake member Matthew Jordan hit the primary tee shot of the 2023 Open at his dwelling membership – and walked off the course with a two-under-par rating of 69 beside his identify.

The 27-year-old ­– who has the course document 62 round these hyperlinks – has performed right here since he was seven and secured his place by ending second within the remaining qualifier alongside the coast at West Lancashire two weeks in the past.

However nothing ready him for his main debut, and being the house hero among the many large crowds, who turned out early to see him tee off.

“It was wonderful,” he stated, “I’m sort of working out of phrases to explain it. It was loopy, psychological, loud, all the pieces that I may have wished for. I’m attempting to consider a greater expertise than that, and I don’t assume I can.

“With the event and all the pieces occurring to begin with, I’m actually comfortable to interrupt 70. Should you try this, you definitely can’t be displeased.”

Jordan posted 4 birdies and two bogeys in his 69, including: “I feel it’s the toughest wind for this course. I feel should you go in direction of the again 9, the beginning of it — nicely, even from say 6 to 14, I don’t assume there are actually any straightforward holes.

“Possibly 11 the place you may hit a wedge in. However other than that, definitely, 12 to 14 is taking part in tough, and it’s nonetheless lengthy irons into 7, 8, 9, 10.

“I used to be sort of intrigued myself to get on the market and see precisely what it’s like, however in comparison with earlier Opens, I bear in mind in 2014 I feel it was gentle and the scoring was actually good, after which in 2006 it was fully burnt out.

“So, I’ve seen that sort of facet of it. I feel we’re simply hoping that it does agency out a bit and there’s a little bit of wind, so it may provide good scores and unhealthy scores.

“I’m simply taking a look at sure spots that you would be able to hit it by way of like I wish to see the place the tough is in sure locations. I’m not going to disclose the place as a result of I don’t wish to give away too many ideas.”

Jordan has gained Hoylake’s membership championship on a number of events, although he says: “I feel individuals like my dad have been taking part in in that, so it wasn’t too powerful to win.”

His CV additionally consists of membership of the GB&I Walker Cup workforce in 2017, the St Andrews Trophy in 2017 and the Lytham Trophy in 2018.

In Open qualifying, the Problem Tour participant completed forward of former main winners Graeme McDowell and Sergio Garcia after capturing a 10-under-par two-round whole of 134. He additionally made the minimize finally week’s Genesis Scottish Open the place he completed 77th.

“In the end I wish to carry out,” Jordan stated. “I feel by way of me doing that, once I come away from this subsequent week, I simply wish to play the golf course like I do know I can, like I do in apply, like I usually will if I’m right here getting ready for another occasions.”


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