Sullivan, Howell, Wall qualify for British Open

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Andy Sullivan on Sunday won his second European Tour title of 2015. (Getty Images)

Three men - Andy Sullivan, David Howell, and Anthony Wall - qualified for this year's Open Championship at St. Andrews thanks to their finishes Sunday at the Joburg Open in South Africa.

The event is part of the Open Qualifying Series, which extends invites to top finishers at each event who aren't already qualified for the year's third major.

Sullivan used a final-round 66 to win the Joburg by two shots, follow up on his first career victory, the South African Open in January, and secure a trip to the Open for the first time.

“This year has been a rollercoaster," he told reporters. "I have never played in an Open Championship before so it will be great to get the first one under my belt.  It’s unbelievable to get the win and a spot in The Open at St Andrews. It’s absolutely fantastic.”

Howell and Wall, meanwhile, finished in a five-way tie for second with Kevin Phelan, Jaco van Zyl, and Wallie Coetsee. They claimed the final two qualifying spots by virtue of their higher standing in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Howell is heading to his 13th Open but his first at St. Andrews, where he previously won the Alfred Dunhill Links in 2013. His best finish at an Open came in the form of a T-7 at Royal Birkdale in 2008.

Wall will make his sixth Open start, looking to better his best finish, a T-11 at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

The next Open qualifying events won't be until May 28-31, at the European Tour's Irish Open and the Asian Tour's Mizuno Open.