James Ross has stepped off the Latinoamerica circuit to try and qualify for The Open at St Andrews.
The Royal Burgess star is in the field for Monday’s regional qualifier at neighbouring Bruntsfield Links.
It’s his first event since returning home for five weeks, having based himself in Houston for his rookie season in the paid ranks. Ross has been playing mainly on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour and finished joint-sixth in the recent Guatemala Open after sharing the lead with a round to go.
“I’m really looking forward to playing at Bruntsfield again,” said Ross, who lost in the final of the Lothians Championship there in 2007.
“I’ve made it through there a couple of times and really enjoy the course. It’s a similar set up to the Burgess and I think it really suits my game. I’ve heard it is in really good condition right now as well so should be good fun as always.”
Qualifiers from Monday’s event – the last at the Capital venue before it moves to Panmure – will go forward to the final stage at Glasgow Gailes on Tuesday week.
Only a handful of spots in next month’s Claret Jug joust will be up for grabs but Ross is ready to give it his best shot.
“Obviously it would be a dream to compete in The Open at St Andrews,” he added. “Having played a lot of golf at Lundin Links growing up I’m really fond of the area. There’s a lot of golf left to be played in order to get to that stage, but there’s no reason why I can’t tee it up there this year.
“We’ll see what happens but I plan on giving myself every chance. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
Baberton’s Paul Ferrier has also returned from America to play in the 18-hole shoot-out.