Benjamin Hebert, Andrew Johnston and Nino Bertasio claimed their places in The 148th Open at Royal Portrush after qualifying at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
Played at The Renaissance Club for the first time, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open was the 12th event in The Open Qualifying Series, which gives players around the world opportunities to qualify for golf’s original championship at leading professional Tour events.
Three places were available to the leading players who finished in the top ten and ties and who were not already exempt.
In glorious conditions for scoring over the East Lothian links, Frenchman Hebert was denied a first European Tour title after he lost out in a play-off at the third extra hole to Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger in the glorious late sunshine.
The pair finished on a 22-under-par total of 262 after a brilliant closing nine-under-par round of 62 from Hebert, while overnight leader Wiesberger, who qualified for The Open at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open last weekend, shot a 69.
It was in-form Wiesberger who claimed his sixth European Tour victory after rolling in a four-feet putt on the third playing of the 18th in extra time but the consolation for Hebert was a place at Royal Portrush.
The 32-year-old secured only his second appearance at The Open having missed the cut at Royal Birkdale as an amateur in 2008 when he was the reigning European Amateur Champion.
Johnston and Bertasio finished in a share of fourth place on 19-under-par 265 with Henrik Stenson, Andrew Putnam and Andrea Pavan, all of whom had already qualified for Royal Portrush.
While the leaders were only teeing off for their final round, Johnston also signed for a superb final round 62 that featured 10 birdies.
The 30-year-old Englishman, who won the Scottish Hydro Challenge in 2014, is now looking forward to a fourth Open appearance after finishing eighth at Royal Troon in 2016.
Meanwhile, Bertasio made a crucial par save at the 17th as the 30-year-old secured his first ever Major appearance in Northern Ireland next week.
The final event in The Open Qualifying Series is the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Illinois, which concludes later today.