Jones makes it 14 Aussies at Open Championship
Sydney’s Matt Jones recently secured his place in the field for this month’s 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, courtesy of a world ranking cutoff exemption that occurred on June 29.
Ranked 67th on the Official World Golf Rankings on that day, Jones was one of the six highest ranked players not already exempted into The Open and will now make his second Open appearance after finishing in a tied for 54th at Hoylake last year.
Australia’s Matt Jones makes it 14 Aussies lining up for 2015 Open Championship (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Jones narrowly missed qualification for the U.S. Open last month under a similar ranking pathway but his inclusion in the field now brings the total number of Australians teeing up at the Home of Golf to 14 – our country’s highest representation at The Open since 2009.
Adam Bland, Brett Rumford, Scott Strange, Marc Leishman, Scott Hend, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, Rod Pampling, Jason Day, John Senden, Marcus Fraser, Greg Chalmers, Steven Bowditch and Jones are all in and there are opportunities for others to join them at this week’s Alstom Open de France and next week’s Scottish Open, with the leading three players not otherwise exempt who finish in the top-10 and ties also earning a spot.
In the U.S, the top 5 players not otherwise exempt in next week’s John Deere Classic will also qualify.
The 2015 Open Championship will be played on the historic Old Course at St Andrews from the 16-19 July. Peter Thomson (1955) and the late Kel Nagle (1960) are the only Australians to have tasted success at The Open Championship at St Andrews.