The two-time South African Open Championship winner was one of six players added to the field for the 144th Open Championship on Monday as the highest ranked non-exempt players in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the week 26-29 June.
According to the Associated Press, the invitations were extended “when it became clear the Open would not fill all the spots from remaining qualifiers for the 156-man field at St Andrews.”
Also in were Francesco Molinari, David Lingmerth, Matt Jones, Harris English and Daniel Berger. These six join the 10 who cracked the Open field on Sunday via the Qualifying Series event at the Travelers Championship (Brian Harman, Carl Pettersson and Luke Donald), and FedEx Cup and Road to Dubai exemptions. Charley Hoffman, Robert Streb, Steven Bowditch and Kevin Kisner got in thanks to their respective FedEx Cup point totals, and two more – Alex Noren and Kiradech Aphibarnrat – are in via The European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
Molinari is currently ranked 43rd in the world but was outside the top 50 cut-off at the May deadline to qualify via the Official World Golf Ranking. His brother, Eduardo, was already in the field thanks to his top-10 finish at Hoylake last year. Francesco has played well at the Open each of the last two years, with a T-9 in 2013 and T-15 last year.
English tied for 15th in 2013 but missed the cut last year. Clark has only made the weekend in three of nine attempts. Jones’ only appearance was a T-54 last year.
Lingmerth, this year’s Memorial champion, will be making his Open debut, as will PGA Tour rookie Berger.
With reporting from Golfchannel.com