Jun 27th, 2016
Andrew “Beef” Johnson qualifies for The Open
Through Race to Dubai standing
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Andrew "Beef" Johnston was among four players who qualified on Sunday via their Race to Dubai standings.
The top five players not otherwise exempt among the top 20 in the Race to Dubai after the BMW International automatically qualified for next month's event at Royal Troon.
Four players met this criterion, with Johnson leading the way. He earned his first maiden European Tour victory earlier this year at the Open de Espana, and was fulsome in his celebrations of that victory.
Johnston is currently 18th in the Race to Dubai. Other qualifiers included Joost Luiten (11th), Rikard Karlberg (14th) and Soomin Lee (15th).
Luiten will be making his fifth Open Championship appearance in the last six years, while Karlberg and Johnston will both be making their second appearances.
Johnston's single appearance came at Royal St. George's in 2011, and Karlberg's first start came last year at St. Andrews.
It will be an Open debut for 22–year old Soomin Lee, who won his first European Tour event at the Shenzhen International in April.
The Open Championship organisers have also allocated a qualification spot to next week's Barracuda Championship in Nevada.
One player who finishes in the top five at the Montreux Golf and Country Club, who is not already qualified to compete at the Open, will secure a place at next month's event at Royal Troon.
In the event of a tie, the place will be allocated to the player with a higher world ranking.
Defending champion JJ Henry and former winners Gary Woodland and Geoff Ogilvy are all expected to compete in Reno.
This place was originally meant to be fought for at the Greenbrier Classic before the tournament had to be cancelled due to flooding in West Virginia.