Australasian exemption list grows for British Open
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2004 British Open | General | 29 Jun 2004
With the completion of the final International British Open Qualifying in both the United States and Europe over the last two days, several further Australians have been added to the list of Australasians who will line up at Royal Troon.
Aaron Baddeley, Mathew Goggin, Steve Elkington and Rod Pampling have all made it through today via final US qualifying at the Congressional Golf Club near last week’s Booz Allen Classic venue. They will join those already exempt namely Robert Allenby, Adam Scott, Stuart Appleby, Peter Lonard, Craig Parry, Stephen Leaney, Andre Stolz, Nick Flanagan, Brendan Jones, Adam Le Vesconte, Andrew Buckle, Kim Felton, Scott Barr and New Zealanders Michael Campbell and Craig Perks.
Felton, Jones, Le Vesconte, Buckle and Barr made it through via Final International Qualifying earlier this year either in Melbourne or Malaysia with the others already exempt via money lists, world rankings or, in the case of Flanagan, his US Amateur win.
There are still other opportunities by being the leading player, not otherwise exempt, at the Scottish Open and by being in the top two from a cumulative series of events from the Deutsche Bank Open through the European Open. Given Nick O’Hern’s form in recent weeks he could well get one of those spots.
For those who had not already committed to such qualifying there is also the chance to gain a spot via final qualifying the weekend of the Scottish Open.