This is the third time Jones has earned a place in The Open via The Open Qualifying Series, having qualified for The 145 Open at Royal Troon after winning the 2015 Australian Open, qualifying again for The 147 Open at Carnoustie after finishing runner-up at the 2017 Australian Open.
Unable to re-find the fairway from the trap, he left his approach 10 metres short and had to hole a five-foot putt to become the 19th multiple victor of the Open - and first since American superstar Jordan Spieth three years ago.
"It's incredible, if there is a Major that I would like to win is (The Open)", said Jones, who played at Royal Troon in 2016 and Carnoustie in 2018. Grabbing the third spot was Australia's Aaron Pike, who tied for third alongside Kanaya and will make his major championship debut. "The Open is the world's number one golf tournament and I can't wait to get there".More news: Missouri set to hire Eliah Drinkwitz as football coach, reports say
He walked hand-in-hand with one of his daughters at one point and the back-nine birdies duly arrived at the 13th and 14th holes with the Australian looking to have sealed the title when he nailed a 30-foot putt for another at the 17th. "I birdied 17, I tried to birdie 18 to keep going, but it's the biggest tournament in the world for me".
Like a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park, Jones casually walked the fairways hand in hand with his wife, a former Miss Idaho, and seven-year-old daughter Sabre as he watched his challengers come and go for most of the day. It is. It's as simple as that.
"It's fantastic, the Open is the biggest tournament in the world in my opinion, it's the original one", said Pike.
It was not going to be that straightforward, however, and Oosthuizen, who had also picked up three birdies on the back nine, triggered a late scare with an eagle three at the last that left Jones needing to par the final hole for victory. Fighting back with a birdie at the par-3 11 it took until the 72 hole of the championship and a six-foot birdie putt for the 21-year-old to secure his place in The Open.More news: Cavaliers willing to trade Kevin Love; could Celtics be suitors?
Jones won his second Aussie Open title, and he'll join Kanaya next summer in England.
"I came back a long time ago", said Leishman, four-time victor of the PGA Tour.
The following occasion in The Open Qualifying Collection would be the South African Open hosted by The Metropolis of Joburg at Randpark from January 9-12 2020.More news: Ericsson hit with over $1 billion in fines for bribing government officials