Matt Jones, Aaron Pike and World Number 1 amateur Takumi Kanaya have secured their places in The 149th Open after qualifying at the Emirates Australian Open.
The 104th playing of Australia’s national championship took place at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney and was the first event in The Open Qualifying Series which gives golfers around the world opportunities to book their place at Royal St George’s from 12-19 July 2020.
Playing his home course, Matt Jones recorded a one-shot victory on a 15-under-par total of 269 to secure his second Australian Open title after he also won at The Australian Golf Club in 2015.
The Australian took control of the top of the leaderboard during the second round with a blistering six-under-par 65, followed by a third round 3-under-par 68 to start the final round with a three-shot lead.
Jones was in control throughout the final round, never relinquishing his lead, with a two-under-par 69 enough to see his name engraved on the Stonehaven Cup as the 2019 champion.
This becomes the third time that Jones has earned a place in The Open via The Open Qualifying Series - he qualified for The 145th Open at Royal Troon after winning the 2015 Australian Open, qualifying again for The 147th Open at Carnoustie after finishing runner-up at the 2017 Australian Open. The Australian Golf Club being the qualification venue each time.
“It’s amazing, if there is one Major I would like to win it is this one. Coming from Australia, waking up and watching Norman play, Peter Thomson is on there [the Claret Jug], it would be amazing to be on there too.” Matt jones
“It’s amazing, The Open is the biggest tournament in the world in my opinion, it’s the original. I have wanted to play it for a very long time so to get in is just amazing, but I also want to do well in it because it is so important to me.” Aaron Pike
“I was seeing the leaderboard. I made a [birdie] putt, so I am joining The Open, I was so, so nervous.” takumi kanaya