Golf Australia - - THE OPEN -

OPENS PLAYED: 1. BEST FIN­ISH: Missed Cut (2012). WORLD RANK­ING: No.323. When Ash Hall missed a five-foot putt to ex­tend a play­off at last year’s Aus­tralian Open his heart must have sunk a bit. That is, un­til he re­alised he had earnt him­self a ticket to The Open.

“I love Birk­dale,” Hall said. “I played The Amateur there in 2005, so it will be noth­ing new to me. I qual­i­fied in the In­ter­na­tional Fi­nal Qual­i­fy­ing for The Open in 2012 when it was at Lytham, so I ac­tu­ally played Birk­dale that week as well, so it’s go­ing to be fun to play there again. The Open is one of my favourite tour­na­ments.”

The 33-year-old Vic­to­rian won his state Open in 2009, and re­cently claimed a top-10 fin­ish at the WA PGA Cham­pi­onship in Kal­go­or­lie.

With­out any Tour sta­tus, Hall stayed on in Western Aus­tralia af­ter the Kal­go­or­lie event to play a se­ries of Pro-am events in the state’s south west with some suc­cess. WIN­NING ODDS: $401*.

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