The 149th Open: Juvic Pagunsan wins the Mizuno Open, carrying only 11 clubs, to secure a major place | Golf news

Juvic Pagunsan, playing without a caddy and with just 11 clubs in his bag, claimed a three-stroke victory at the Mizuno Open in Japan to qualify for the 149th Open; Ryutaro Nagano also gets a major invite with a second place finish

Last update: 05/30/21 7:56 PM

Juvic Pagunsan (L) from the Philippines and Ryutaro Nagano (R) from Japan qualified for the 149th Open with their arrivals at the Mizuno Open

Juvic Pagunsan and Ryutaro Nagano reserved their places for the last men’s tournament of the year by finishing in the top two at the Mizuno Open in Japan.

Pagunsan mixed six birdies with two bogeys en route to a 68th final round at JFE Setonaikai Golf Club, taking it to 17 under and securing a three-stroke victory in the weather-affected event.

The 43-year-old’s victory was made even more remarkable by the fact that he played without a caddy and with only 11 clubs available, as Pagunsan opted to remove several irons from his bag to make it lighter to carry.

 Juvic Pagunsan took the four, six and eight irons out of his bag

Juvic Pagunsan took the four, six and eight irons out of his bag

“Since there is less to choose from, I can avoid choosing and playing easily,” said Pagunsan, who was carrying his own bag for the third time this year.

“I finally won the Japan Tour in my 11th year. I’m very happy to be in the Open Championship. This is my third appearance. I’m very excited and looking forward to it.”

Pagunsan of the Philippines previously competed in the Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 and Royal Liverpool in 2014, while Nagano will make his major debut at Royal St George’s in July after rolling a 66 without a bogey to earn a finalist.

Shane Lowry has yet to defend the title he won in 2019

Shane Lowry has yet to defend the title he won in 2019

“It’s my first major and I’m very happy,” Nagano said. “It’s the tournament I’ve always wanted to attend. It’s a great honor for me. Until now, it was the world inside television, so now I really want to feel it.”

Regional and final qualifiers for the Open will be played at Hollinwell, Prince’s, St Annes Old Links and West Lancashire at the end of June, where a minimum of 12 places for this year’s competition will be available.

Watch The 149th Open live July 15-18 on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel – Sky Sports The Open!

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