Jack Senior heading back to The Open after final qualifying success

Jack Senior in action at St Annes Old Links. Picture: Brian Clark
Jack Senior in action at St Annes Old Links. Picture: Brian Clark

Overton’s Jack Senior has sealed a return to the Open Championship.

The 29-year-old grabbed one of the top three spots at final qualifying at St Annes Old Links on Tuesday meaning he is heading to Carnoustie for golf’s most iconic event which begins in just two weeks on July 19.

He is joined by St Annes resident James Robinson of Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club who led the 36-hole competition with a 12 under par total and Rossendale-born Marcus Armitage of Howley Hall in Leeds who like Senior, finished two shots further back.

Now attached to Carus Green Golf Club in Kendal after a long association with Heysham, former Ripley St Thomas pupil Senior played his one and only Open at Royal Troon in 2016 where he missed the cut.

The former Walker Cup star. a winner on the Challenge Tour, was always at the sharp end of qualifying on the Fylde coast with Sweden’s Oscar Lengden just missing out in fourth on nine under par.

Senior’s morning 68 saw him make a blistering start with five birdies on the front nine.

A six came on the 10th only for bogeys at the 12th and 17th to peg him back coming home.

After a strong opening 18, Senior went even better in the afternoon with three birdies apiece on the front and back nines, the final one of the 18th ultimately proving decisive on the final leaderboard as he posted a second round 66.

Winner Robinson eagled the par-five 18th in his second round to win the 36-hole competition by two shots, having hit 11 birdies and only one bogey in his two rounds.

The build-up to the St Annes event had been dominated by the withdrawal of former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, whose clubs were still at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris when he arrived at St Annes on Monday.

The Ryder Cup star pulled out on the eve of the competition, preferring to focus on his remaining chances to qualify at the Irish and Scottish Opens rather than play at St Annes with hired clubs.

While the Northern Irishman was the notable absentee from the field of 72 it was three Englishmen originally from Lancashire who won through.