Along with being his national open, this is the first in the “Open Qualifying Series” to earn a spot at Carnoustie next summer. The leading three players at the Australian Open not already eligible will qualify for the British Open.

A year ago, Ogilvy was poised to win the tournament until a tee shot into the trees on the 16th led to double bogey. He tied for fourth and missed the British Open spot because Aaron Baddeley had the higher ranking. The previous year, Ogilvy again was in good shape until he hit into the water on the 17th. He missed the spot in the British Open by two shots.

Meanwhile, the British Open will have similar qualifiers at the Joburg Open on Dec. 7-10 (three spots) and the Singapore Open on Jan. 18-21 (four spots).

LPGA Q SERIES: The LPGA Tour is revamping the final stage of its Q-school that essentially will direct more players to the Symetra Tour and determine priority strictly on the scores from the final stage.

It will be called Q Series, and the final stage will be two 72-hole tournaments with a cumulative score.

The field will be 108 players.

Commissioner Mike Whan said the best players in college or coming from other nations, such as South Korea, can still get an LPGA Tour card by winning a tournament or finishing equal to top 40 on the money list from tournaments with no cuts.

The LPGA will still have two stages of Q-school. This year, he said, about 80 players from the two stages will play in the final stage. That won’t be the case next year. Whan said the final stage will consist of Nos. 101-150 on the LPGA money list and Nos. 11-30 on the Symetra Tour money list. He said the top five players from the college golf rankings published by Golfweek will get into the final stage, and perhaps some 10 players who are among the top 75 in the world ranking.

The rest of the field will be filled from players who advance from the second stage. Those who don’t will have a Symetra Tour card.

“The superstars of the time will still get through,” Whan said. “But generally speaking, most players will get to Stage II, play a year on the Symetra Tour and play their way onto the LPGA.”

Meanwhile, he said, the average purse on the Symetra Tour next year will be about $140,000. That’s up from an average of $90,000 a few years ago.

RIDLEY CHOICES: One month into the job as Augusta National chairman, Fred Ridley has a couple of roles to fill.

Ridley wanted to wait to appoint his successor as chairman of the competition committees because the club also lost Rob Chapman, the chief executive of Inman Mills in South Carolina, who died in August at age 66. Chapman, a popular member among the players, was head of the Cup and Tee Markers committee.

“There are a couple of committee selections that are going to have to be addressed, one of them sadly because of the passing of our dear friend Rob Chapman,” Ridley said when he took over. “And I’d like to announce them at the same time.”

Ridley said he was pleased to at least have options.

“When I started with the competition committee, we had a limited number of numbers who were involved, interested and proficient in the rules,” said Ridley, a former USGA president. “We have a half-dozen members who are really good.”

DIVOTS: Mike Whan wore a Miami Dolphins jersey (No. 23) to celebrate an announcement last week that CME Group has agreed to extend its title sponsorship of the Tour Championship and the Race to the CME Globe through 2023. ... Austin Cook made only two bogeys (or worse) over 72 holes to win the RSM Classic. The only other player to do that in 2017 on the PGA Tour was Justin Thomas, who made two bogeys at the TPC Boston. ... Four of the eight winners from the fall schedule had never won on the PGA Tour — Ryan Armour, Patrick Cantlay, Patton Kizzire and Austin Cook. ... Elaine Farquharson-Black has been appointed captain for the second time of the Britain and Ireland team for the Curtis Cup. The matches are June 8-10 at Quaker Ridge in New York. ... Nine of the top 20 players from the final Race to Dubai standings are playing the Hong Kong Open this week, led by Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Sarah Jane Smith finished 50th on the LPGA money list this year with $411,933. Five years ago, Jennifer Johnson finished 50th on the money list with $245,999.

FINAL WORD: “Some people have asked me if I feel an obligation to give back to the game. I rather think of it as a privilege.” — Katherine Kirk of Australia.