Back-to-back rounds of 69 at Notts Hollinwell on July 2 saw the English amateur champion take the second of three places up for grabs at the Final Qualifying event, finishing one stroke behind Andrew Wilson and one ahead of Ashton Turner on six under par.
The American college player, 366th on the amateur world rankings, said: “I’m just glad I did enough to get the job done. I still can’t quite believe it. It’s been a strange sort of year for me after winning the English Amateur last August. I did win the Seminole Intercollegiate in the States, but I haven’t done quite as well as I thought I would.
This makes up for all of it though - I’ve always dreamt of playing in The Open and to do it while I’m still am amateur makes it even more special. I’ve never played Portrush, but I know a couple of guys who live there so I will have to get on the phone to them.” In the English Amateur at Formby he beat Joe Long 6&5 in the final to add his name to a list of winners which includes in recent years Paul Casey, Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood.