Senden, Macpherson, Gibson earn Open berths


A good finish at the Australian Open came with a big perk come July. 

John Senden, Bryden Macpherson and Rhein Gibson each qualified for next year’s British Open by virtue of their top 5 finish at Royal Sydney on Sunday.

The leading three players at the Australian Open not already qualified earned a spot in the Open via the new qualifying system, which will comprise 14 events in nine countries and span more than eight months. The next qualifying event is the Feb. 6-9 Joburg Open. 

Senden has played in all four majors each of the past two years. He has finished in the top 15 in each of the past two U.S. Opens. In seven career starts at the Open, Senden has three missed cuts and no finish better than 34th.

Macpherson, a former British Amateur champion who played more than two years at the University of Georgia, teed it up at the 2011 Open as an amateur, missing the cut after rounds of 71-73.

Gibson is best known for his round last May that wound up in the Guinness Book of World Records. He shot a 16-under 55 at the 6,900-yard River Oaks Golf Club in October. He will be making his first career major start at the Open.