Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones have been added to the British Open field, taking Australia’s tilt at St Andrews on July 16-19 to an impressive 14 players.
Bowditch was given entry based on his current position in the US PGA tour’s FedEx Cup race where he lies 17th on the back of his win at the Byron Nelson Championship in May.
“I’m obviously excited about getting into the field at St Andrews. Any major is great to play in but to play an Open Championship at the home of golf is something I’m really looking forward to,” Bowditch told AAP.
The New South Welshman lines up at this week’s Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia hoping to build off his tie for 15th last week and get his game in top knick for the trip across the Atlantic.
“I’m hoping to put in a solid performance this week and then take some of that momentum over to Scotland,” he added. “The game is in good shape so hopefully that continues.”
Bowditch has only played in one British Open prior, missing the cut as a baby-faced 20-year-old in 2003 at Royal St George’s.
For Jones, the invite came via his world ranking of 67th, as tournament organisers filled out the field of the highest ranked players not yet exempt. He made his British Open debut last year at Royal Liverpool and finished in a tie for 54th.
“It’s great to be added to the field for St Andrews, it’s a special place for all of us in the sport,” Jones said.
“Playing in my first British Open last year was great but being involved here takes it to another level.
“My game has been solid this year, it’s coming together nicely, and hopefully I can get myself in the mix in Scotland.”
The pair join Adam Scott, Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy, Marc Leishman, Rod Pampling, Greg Chalmers, Adam Bland, Scott Hend, John Senden, Brett Rumford, Marcus Fraser and Scott Strange as Aussies in the field.
The number could yet swell with four spots available to those at Greenbrier who are not already exempt provided they finish in the top 10 of the event.
This leaves the door open for Aaron Baddeley, Robert Allenby, Cameron Percy and 21-year-old Cameron Smith to also book a ticket to Scotland.