Through The Open Qualifying Series, Abraham Ancer, Dimirios Papadatos and Jake McLeod have all qualified for The Open 2019 by finishing in the top three, respectively, at the Emirates Australian Open from November 15-18, 2018.
The Australian Open was the first event of The Open 2019 Qualifying Series, which is a global series of tournaments that will open up a total of 46 qualifying spots for next year's event at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
With the first three names locking in their qualification, let's look at exactly what transpired at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.
Emirates Australian Open 2018
The 27-year old Abraham Ancer was basically on cruise control en route to his second professional victory and official qualification for The 148th Open.
He never slipped once in four consecutive days in Sydney, shooting under 70 through the weekend and finishing at an impressive 16-under.
Ancer got in front of the competition after shooting an impressive 65 through windy and unstable conditions on the Par-72 course in the third round. That, combined with a steady 69 on championship Sunday, which included an epic birdie chip on No.4, that helped book his ticket to Royal Portrush for July 2019.
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With no Mexican ever having claimed The Open in it's illustrious history, Ancer now has half a year to work on a bid to rewrite the history books.
Ancer cruised through the course consistently at the Australian Open, but the rest of the competition remained in a dead heat for that final qualifying spot.
Entering the final day in fifth place, Australian Dimitrios Papadatos needed to put on a steady performance in the final round to sneak into a qualification spot for The Open 2019.
While he found himself in a stressful position, the three-time PGA Tour of Australasia winner showed his veteran moxie by shooting his best round of the tournament with a five-under par performance, including seven birdies, on Sunday. The outing not only kept him in the top three, but catapulted Papadatos to the runner-up spot behind Ancer.
The Open 2019 will be the first major championship of Papadatos' career.
Entering the final round, things looked bleak for 24-year old Aussie Jake McLeod. Starting Sunday at 12th on the leaderboard, the young golfer's hopes of securing a ticket to Northern Ireland in the summer was fading.
But everything is left up to play in the final round of a tournament, and McLeod proved that with his outing. In an effort that saw eight birdies through 18 holes, McLeod charged back up the standings and found himself finishing third with a six-under par performance on the day.
The third place finish for McLeod comes on the heels of a victory at the AVJennings NSW Open the week prior.
With Open Championship qualification, McLeod will be competing in his first major championship at Royal Portrush.
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