Gillis completes the line up for The 144TH Open
American Tom Gillis, the world's 643rd-ranked player, has taken the last of 44 places at St Andrews offered over the last eight months in the 10 tournaments that comprise the Open Qualifying Series.
The 46-year-old faced world No 2 Jordan Spieth in a play-off for the John Deere Classic knowing that, win or lose, he could join the Masters and US Open champion on the flight across the Atlantic to the Home of Golf.
Unfortunately for Gillis, who scored a closing seven under par 64 to Spieth's 68, it was lose. He found the water with his second shot on the second extra hole and Spieth secured his sixth victory starting with last November's Emirates Australian Open.
That event was the first leg of the worldwide Open Qualifying Series and while Spieth was already exempt when he won by six the three home players immediately behind him - Rod Pampling, Brett Rumford and Greg Chalmers - booked their places in this season's third major.
In the Thailand Championship a month later another Australian, Marcus Fraser, just missed forcing a play-off with Lee Westwood, but securing his Open spot softened the blow and he was joined by compatriot Scott Hend, American Jonathan Moore and Indian Anirban Lahiri.
It was South Africa next, but at the Joburg Open in March an English trio - Andy Sullivan, David Howell and Anthony Wall - grabbed the spots on offer, Sullivan doing so in the finest possible fashion by lifting the trophy just as he had at the South African Open in January.
Taichi Teshima did the same at the Gateway to The Open Mizuno Open in May and for the 46-year-old ranked 318th in the world at the time it means a first Open appearance since 2002. Alongside him thanks to the same tournament will be fellow Japanese players Tadahiro Takayama and Shinji Tomimura and also Australian Scott Strange.
Later on the same day Soren Kjeldsen, himself down at 303rd, won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and through to St Andrews with him came Eddie Pepperell and Tyrrell Hatton.
The Qualifying Series also provided Luke Donald with his route back into The Open. The four spots from the Travelers Championship in America went to Brian Harman, Graham DeLaet, Carl Pettersson and, by the skin of his teeth, England's former world No 1.
A week later James Morrison, Jaco Van Zyl and Rafa Cabrera-Bello left the Alstom French Open able to put the Home of Golf into their diaries and New Zealander Danny Lee's maiden PGA TOUR victory at The Greenbrier Classic brought him the added bonus of an Open place along with David Hearn, James Hahn and Greg Owen.
Next it was Raphael Jacquelin, Daniel Brooks and Rikard Karlberg through the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open - and then came Gillis.