LIV’s Puig wins major championship ticket in Malaysia

David Puig heads to Royal Troon.

The 22-year-old LIV Golf member from Spain started the year without qualifying for any of professional golf’s four major championships. He won the IRS Prima Malaysian Open, an open qualifying series event held in Serikembangan, Malaysia, on Sunday, giving him hopes of winning the British Open.

Puig entered the field at The Mines Resort and Golf Club, where he shot back-to-back bogey-free 9-under 62s over the weekend, finishing with 23 under and two strokes ahead of fellow second place Junhun Wang. We won by a wide margin. He qualified for the British Open along with Denwit Bolivongsab. Both players finished with a shutout of 61.

“It feels great. It’s definitely a strange feeling,” Puig said afterward. He has now won 14 consecutive world-ranked events without a cut to start his professional career. “I almost missed the cut. I was playing well, but I just kind of messed up. I actually had a good second round and had a really great weekend. 18 in 36 holes. No birdies and no bogeys was an unbelievable number.

“And to earn a spot in the Open is pretty cool. That’s what I came here for.”

Puig, who joined LIV full-time last year from Arizona State University, is the third LIV player to win as many OQS events. Joaquin Niemann won the Australian Open and Dean Burmester won the Joburg Open, earning them a ticket to Troon.

There will be 13 LIV players in the open field.

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