Australians Pampling, Rumford and Chalmers qualify for The Open
Home favourites Rod Pampling, Brett Rumford and Greg Chalmers qualified for The Open after the final round of the Emirates Australian Open.
Pampling finished on a seven-under-par total of 277 in second place, six shots behind the winner America’s Jordan Spieth, to qualify for the 144th Open at St Andrews next July. He was joined by fellow Australians Rumford and Chalmers, who finished on six-under-par and five-under-par respectively.
“It’s fantastic to qualify. I think it’s an awesome venue and obviously it’s the Home of Golf. I have been there a few times so I am really looking forward to having that experience and getting out there. I love links and I am definitely looking forward to it.”
The Emirates Australian Open is the first event in the Open Qualifying Series and Pampling, Rumford and Chalmers played steady golf in blustery afternoon conditions at the Australian Golf Club to secure the three qualifying places available.
Pampling recovered from three dropped shots in his first four holes and carded five birdies on the back nine for a three-under-par round of 68. The 45-year-old Queenslander has made seven appearances in The Open with his best finish being tied 27th at Royal Troon in 2004 and again at Carnoustie in 2007. He has won twice on the PGA TOUR, including the 2006 Bay Hill Invitational.
"It’s fantastic to qualify," said Pampling. "I think it’s an awesome venue and obviously it’s the Home of Golf. I have been there a few times so I am really looking forward to having that experience and getting out there. I love links and I am definitely looking forward to it.”
Rumford got his round going with three consecutive birdies from the fifth hole and, despite dropping shots on the 8th, 11th and 15th holes, the 37-year-old birdied the last to finish with a one-under-par round of 70. The five-time winner on the European Tour, who hails from Perth, finished tied 16th in The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006 and will make his fifth appearance next year.
“I’m really excited for me and my family. I will take everybody over to go to St Andrews. I’m really proud of myself and very pleased to earn this spot in The Open”
Back to back birdies on the 13th and 14th got Chalmers’ round back on track and he finished with a level par round of 71. The 41-year-old will make his third appearance at The Open. His best finish was tied 45th at Royal Lytham in 2012. The two-time Australian Open champion is also a former winner of the Australian PGA Championship.
“I’m really excited for me and my family. I will take everybody over to go to St Andrews. I’m really proud of myself and very pleased to earn this spot in The Open," said Chalmers.
The Open Qualifying Series gives players the opportunity to qualify at events on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour. The next event in the Series is the Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Country Club from 11-14 December.
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Australian trio hold qualifying places in Sydney
Greg Chalmers, Brett Rumford and Rod Pampling held the three Open Qualifying places after the third round of the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney today.
With places in The Open at St Andrews in 2015 at stake, the experienced Australian trio held steady in blustery conditions at the Australian Golf Club.
Chalmers and Rumford were part of a three-way tie for the lead with American Jordan Spieth, who is already exempt for The Open.
Chalmers, a two-time Australian Open champion, is in line for his third appearance at The Open if he secures one of the qualifying places tomorrow. The 41-year-old from Sydney recovered from dropped shots on his first two holes to post an even par round of 71 and remain at five-under-par.
Rumford enjoyed an eventful start to his round with three birdies and two bogeys in his first six holes and the 37-year-old from Perth picked up one more shot on the 16th to move to five-under-par. A five-time winner on the European Tour, Rumford finished tied 16th in The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006 and would make his fifth appearance next year if he qualifies.
Pampling came in with a two-under-par 69 to sit on four-under-par for the tournament, one off the lead. An eagle from the fairway at the 10th was the highlight of the round for the Queenslander, who also picked up shots on the 5th and the 13th holes with only two bogeys tarnishing his card.
The 45-year-old has made seven appearances in The Open with his best finishes of tied 27th coming at Royal Troon in 2004 and Carnoustie in 2007.
Chalmers leads the way in Open Qualifying in Australia
Experienced Australian Greg Chalmers led the way in the race for Open Qualifying places after the second round of the Emirates Australian Open in Sydney today.
Chalmers moved to five-under-par to take a one stroke lead over fellow Australians Adam Crawford and amateur Todd Sinnott as well as Open Champion Rory McIlroy, who is already exempt, and American Conrad Shindler. Crawford and Sinnott occupy the qualifying places thanks to their higher positions in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The 41-year-old Chalmers would make is third appearance in The Open at St Andrews next year if he finishes in one of the qualifying places at The Australian Golf Club on Sunday. Chalmers, who is from Sydney, carded seven birdies with only two dropped shots.
Crawford, (39) plays on the Web.com Tour with his best finish coming in July when he tied for second in the Utah Championship. The long-hitting Sinnott picked up five shots with his only dropped shot coming at the 1st hole. Ranked 25th in the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, Sinnott (22) finished tied 17th at last week’s BetEasy Masters on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Both players would make their debut appearances in The Open if they qualify.
Gardiner, Price and De Jonge in Open Qualifying places after first round in Sydney
Scott Gardiner and Aron Price led the way in the chase for qualifying places in The Open after the first round of the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club.
Gardiner and Price, both from New South Wales, carded three-under-par 68’s to sit one off the lead set by American Ryder Cup player Jordan Spieth, who is already exempt for the 2015 Open at St Andrews.
The home favourites were joined in the qualifying places by Brendon De Jonge, who posted a two-under-par 69. The Zimbabwean was one of seven players on that mark, including Open Champion Rory McIlroy, who is already exempt, and would qualify by virtue of his higher position in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Gardiner dramatically holed in one on the par three 11th, his second hole of the day, and won a car for his efforts. The 38-year-old, who has one win on the Nationwide Tour to his name, the 2010 Chattanooga Classic, came through the Web.com Tour Finals last year to retain his PGA TOUR card for 2014.
Florida-based Price plays on the Web.com Tour and secured his maiden victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia at the NSW Open last year. Price, whose wife Lucy recently gave birth to their son Gibson, is on form after finishing tied fifth at last week’s Australian Masters.
De Jonge made his debut in The Open this year at Royal Liverpool while Gardiner and Price have yet to play in golf’s most international Major Championship.
Three players, who finish in the top ten and ties at the Emirates Australian Open and who are not already exempt, will qualify for The Open at St Andrews from 16-19 July 2015.
The Open Qualifying Series gives players the opportunity to qualify at events on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.