Date: July 03, 2007

Senden, Hensby into British Open

John Senden and Mark Hensby have swelled Australasia&aposs British Open contingent to 19 after qualifying for the event in the US on Monday. Senden earned his start after being the best Aussie in the 36-hole qualifying event at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to finish in a tie for second with American Ryan Moore, two strokes behind Michael Putnam on four-under. However, Hensby had to hold his nerve after he followed his first round of 66 with a second-round 75 to finish with compatriot Steve Allan in a six-way tie on one-over. That put the pair into a sudden-death play-off for the remaining three places. Hensby survived and was joined by American Duffy Waldorf and Spencer Levin but Allan did not make it. Other Australians to miss out were Marc Leishman (two-over), Scott Hend (three-over), Mathew Goggin (five-over), Steve Elkington, (five-over), Peter Lonard (eight-over), Kane Webber (eight-over) and Stephen Leaney (76, no score). Brett Rumford, Peter Senior and Richard Green were amongst nine Australasians who failed to qualify through IFQ at Sunningdale in England. Australasian players currently in the 2007 OPEN Championship field are: Robert Allenby,Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley Ben Bunny Michael Campbell (New Zealand), Peter Fowler, David Gleeson, Adam Groom,Mark Hensby, Scott Laycock Won Joon Lee, Geoff Ogilvy, Nick O Hern, Rod Pampling, Terry Pilkadaris, Ewan Porter, Adam Scott, John Senden, Paul Sheehan