Jones and Kennedy earn Open starts

Australians Brad Kennedy and Brendan Jones were beneficiaries of the Japan Tour's Open Championship qualifying yesterday when the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open was completed in Okayama Prefecture.

In winning the event, his first title on the Japan Golf Tour, Kennedy earned one the of four Open Championship starts available to the leading four players in the event.

For Kennedy it is a repeat of last year when he finished 5th at the Mizuno Open and earned the right to play at Royal St Georges.

Brendan Jones also snuck into the Open field but his pathway was a little more complex. The leading two players on the Japan Tour money list at the conclusion of yesterday's event were also entitled to a start at this year's Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

Because Hiroyuki Fujita gained one of the four spots from the tournament itself however and Toru Taniguchi was already exempt, Jones is set to play his second major of the year.

Jones missed the cut at last week's US Open after qualifying via the Japan Tour's version of Sectional Qualifying.

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