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December 2 2013

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Senden leads Open qualifiers

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John Senden finished third at the Australian Open to earn his eighth Open Championship start.

By PGATOUR.COM Staff

John Senden, Rhein Gibson and Bryden Macpherson qualified for the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool via their finishes at the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in the new Open Qualifying Series.

The Australian trio earned its way to the Open Championship by being the top three finishers who were not yet exempt to Royal Liverpool. Senden finished third at the Australian Open, seven shots behind winner Rory McIlroy, while Gibson and Macpherson tied for fourth, another two shots back.

Senden, winner of the 2006 John Deere Classic, shot a final-round 66 on Sunday to earn his eighth Open Championship appearance. He posted his best Open finish in 2012, finishing 34th at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Macpherson, 23, played the 2011 Open Championship as an amateur after winning that year's British Amateur. He missed the cut by a shot. The former University of Georgia golfer played seven Web.com Tour events in 2013, making one cut. 

This is the first major championship that Gibson, 29, has qualified for. He gained fame when he shot 55 in a casual round in Oklahoma in 2012.

The Open Qualifying Series is making its debut with 14 events in nine countries on five continents that allow players on the world’s leading tours the opportunity to qualify for The Open Championship.

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