Callum Shinkwin will compete in The Open for a third time after securing his place through Final Qualifying.

The Moor Park Golf Club-attached professional gained one of three spots on offer at Royal Portrush by finishing tied at the top of the leaderboard after the 36-hole qualifying event held at Prince’s in Kent on Tuesday.

The Watford-born player finished on nine-under-par after following up his opening round of 70 with a 65 in the afternoon to share top spot with 18-year-old amateur Curtis Knipes.

Shinkwin competed at the Open in 2016 and 2017, failing to make the cut both times, but will hope he can make the final two rounds as he continues to try and regain the European Tour card he lost last year.

Canadian Austin Connelly completed the trio to qualify from the course in Sandwich for golf’s oldest major, which returns to County Antrim after a 68-year absence and starts on Thursday, July 18.

Final qualifying took place at four courses across the UK, with three spots also up for grabs at Notts (Hollinwell), St Annes Old Link and Fairmount St Andrews.