Date: July 06, 2015
Author: Rob Grant

Large contingent of Aussies at The Open

At least 15 Australians will tee up in the British Open at St Andrews next week.

Among them will be Victorians Geoff Ogilvy, Marc Leishman and Marcus Fraser.

Sydney's Scott Arnold was the latest to force his way into the field along with Matt Jones and Steven Bowditch.

Arnold fired rounds of 68-73 to tie for first place during qualifying last week at Hillside Golf Club in England. Jones will play for the second time after a world ranking which allows him into the field for those players placed high enough by June 29 and not already exempt.

Jones has a world ranking of 67 while Bowditch was included on the basis of his Fedex Cup points.

Victorians Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley and Cameron Percy still have an outside chance of making the field if they can finish well enough in this week's John Deere Classic on the US PGA Tour.   

Marcus Fraser, 37, has played in four British Open championships, missing the cut twice and with a best finish of T35 in   2006.

The former Victorian Amateur Champion has consolidated his position on the European Tour after bursting out of the Challenge Tour with three wins in a month in 2003.

He won the Ballantine's Championship in 2010 and this year his best finish has been a share of third in the Indian Open. Fraser is currently 63rd on the European Tour Order of Merit.

Leishman, 32, has had an interrupted year after his wife Audrey battled through a serious illness but rebounded after missing the US Masters to finish tied for fifth in the Memorial Tournament last month..

The Warrnambool-born pro had six top 10 finishes last season and banked more than $US2.5million in prize money but the highlight of his career was victory in the Travelers Championship in 2012.

Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open winner, has had two years in succession with mirror results, starting off poorly and improving towards the later part of the season.

The 38-year-old looked to have lost form indefinitely last year before rebounding to capture the Barracuda Championship and then going on to finish second in the Deutsche Bank Championship in the Fedex Play-offs.

This year, the Victorian ranks 132 on the standings in the US, having to wait until recently before snaring his first top 10 finish, in the Wells Fargo Championship.

A sign that Ogilvy's form is continuing to impress was his 18th place finish at the US Open at Chambers Bay.

The Open Championship is to be played from July 16.


Australians at St. Andrews:

 Adam Bland

 Marcus Fraser

 Geoff Ogilvy

 Adam Scott

 Matt Jones 

 Greg Chalmers 

 Scott Hend

 Rod Pampling  

 John Senden   

 Steven Bowditch

 Jason Day

 Marc Leishman  

 Brett Rumford

 Scott Strange

 Scott Arnold