ADAM BLAND

Golf Australia - - THE OPEN -

OPENS PLAYED: 2. BEST FIN­ISH: Missed Cut (2015 and 2006). WORLD RANK­ING: No.257.

The last Aus­tralian to qual­ify for The Open Cham­pi­onship – at the time of writ­ing – was Adam Bland, who fin­ished third at the Mizuno Open on the Ja­panese Tour in May.

The South Aus­tralian left-han­der will be mak­ing his third ap­pear­ance at the cham­pi­onship, but has yet to see any week­end ac­tion in the event.

“This will be my third Open, I haven’t been to Birk­dale so I’m hop­ing I can per­form bet­ter than I have the last few times,” the 34-year-old said. “This is what you play for all year, the chance to be in The Open. If you can qual­ify to play in all four ma­jors, that’s the goal … To be that good in the world.”

Although he’s not the long­est off the tee – av­er­ag­ing 258 me­tres this year – Bland is ranked in­side the top-25 on the Ja­panese Tour for fair­ways hit, which will serve him well at Royal Birk­dale. WIN­NING ODDS: $401*.

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