The 23-year-old is known on the Sunshine Tour for taking eight top 10s in his career, but that’s a far cry from playing Muirfield this year. Teeing up next to the Claret Jug will be something of a dream for the young gun.
Lloyd is a notoriously long hitter of the ball, which will help him use long irons to great effect at the tough links setup in Scotland. While he’d love to make the cut, this week will be about soaking up the atmosphere of The Open.
Ranked 69th on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, Lloyd had to play for a spot at International Final Qualifying Africa. At IFQ he did not have the comfort of spare shots as he headed down the stretch of Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, and had to hole a monster 30-footer on the 16th in order to move to eight-under and avoid a playoff.
The Toft Hotel professional currently lives in England and was excited about his chance to play in the 142nd Open Championship.
“It’s always been a goal for me to play in The Open, and I’m really glad I could use this opportunity. I live in England and that adds to the importance of this tournament for me – it’s really amazing that I’ll be playing at Muirfield!” he said.