The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open will offer qualifying places into The 149th Open at Royal St George's, tournament organisers have confirmed.

Three places for the major will be up for grabs at the Irish Open at Mount Juliet from 1-4 July.

The Kaskada Golf Challenge in Czech Republic and the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France will each get one qualifying place for the leading non-exempt golfer.

The decision was taken by the R&A to allow these additional qualifying places due to coronavirus restrictions.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director of championships at the R&A said: "We know that there are a number of golfers who have entered Final Qualifying who are planning to travel separately to England and then onto Ireland, Czech Republic or France to play in the scheduled tour events shortly after.

"Having considered the existing international travel measures carefully, including contact tracing protocols, we believe that there is a greater risk that, when travelling by plane, players may have to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a fellow passenger testing positive for Covid-19.

"With that in mind, we have agreed a solution with the European Tour that significantly reduces the possibility of our events being jeopardised in any way by the risks associated with international air travel and provides players with alternative opportunities to qualify for The Open through the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Kaskada Golf Challenge and Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge."

Players who fail to advance from final qualifying will not be able to secure a place via the above events, but will be eligible to claim one of the three Open places on offer via the ASI Scottish Open from July 8-11