Rod Pampling polished off the Emirates Australian Open with a course-record, 10-under-par 30-31=61 and posted 6-under 278, good for a fourth-place finish and a berth into the 2016 Open Championship.
The top three, not otherwise exempt into the season's third major, inside the top 10 at The Australian Golf Club in Rosebery gained exemptions into the field of 156 at Royal Troon next July. Pampling opened with bogey at the par-4 first hole, and then gunned it for nine birdies before walking off with eagle-3 at the last. Champion Matt Jones grabbed the first exemption into The Open, but co-runners-up Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth were already exempt, thus making available a spot for Pampling, who will be making his ninth start in the major. A tiebreaker was needed to determined the final berth. Fellow Aussies Nick Cullen (No. 379 in the Official World Golf Ranking) and Lincoln Tighe (No. 1,022) shared fifth at 3-under 281. Neither of whom was already exempt for The Open, so Cullen got the nod for having the better world ranking. He missed the cut in 2012 in his only previous appearance. Sun, Nov 29, 2015 01:11:00 AM