Will make his Open Championship debut at the age of 35 thanks to a tie for third in the 2019 Emirates Australian Open.
The first leg of The Open Qualifying Series had three Sandwich places up for grabs and Pike, ranked 848th in the world at the time, birdied three of the last five holes to join world No.1 amateur Takumi Kanaya on nine under par. Both men qualified along with winner Matt Jones because runner-up Louis Oosthuizen was already exempt.
It came two months after Pike lifted the Victorian PGA title by one stroke from Ryan Chisnall, having entered that event with a ranking of 1,532nd. “It’s amazing,” he said of qualifying for The Open.
“It’s the biggest tournament in the world in my opinion - it’s the original – and I have wanted to play it for a very long time. But I also want to do well in it.”
Back in 2006, just after his 21st birthday and still an amateur, he was fourth in the Mastercard Masters co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian Tours, only three strokes behind winner Justin Rose. He led there after an opening 64 and was still in front at halfway.