Huddersfield golfer Chris Hanson has qualified for the Open Championship at Hoylake.

The 28-year-old attached to Woodsome Hall went through in a four-way play-off at Hillside but Huddersfield Golf Club amateur Nick Marsh – who also finished on six-under alongside John Singleton, Oscar Floren and Hanson – missed out as only three could qualify.

Challenge Tour golfer Hanson – who turned professional in 2006 – will now line up at Royal Liverpool on July 17 against the best players in the world, all hoping to challenge for the famous Claret Jug.

Hanson, 6ft tall and 13.6 stone, immediately left from Mancheter Airport to play in Germany and paid tribute to caddy Steven Tooby for helping him through the event.

Hanson shot rounds of 69 and 69 – exactly the same as Marsh – to finish in a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.

Huddersfield Giants fan Hanson also thanked all the people who sent him messages of support and went along to watch at the Southport course.

He is playing in the Aegean Airlines Challenge Tour event at Hartl Resort, Bad Griesbach, in Germany this week, which carries prize money of 170,000 Euroes.

Chris Hanson of Woodsome Hall qualifies for the Open Championship
 

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