March 6: Black Mountain player and american Berry Henson faces one of his biggest tests at the Open Qualifying Series-Thailand after he posted a two-under-par 70 to stay two shots back of Japanese leader Hiroshi Iwata on Thursday.
With only 18 holes remaining in the two-day qualifier tomorrow, the Black Mountain sponsored player knows he has to mark his card with birdies quickly to stand a chance of making it into The Open Championship.
“I managed to shoot two-under which wasn’t pretty and kind of sloppy. I think I still got a chance and the aim is to go out fast tomorrow and get those birdies quickly,” said Henson.
Henson parred his opening front-nine but made three birdies in four holes after the turn. However, he dropped a shot on the par-four 16th before signing for a 70.
Staking a place in The Open Championship is a big goal for the American and he is determined to earn his ticket to the world’s oldest Major this week.
“I haven’t played in a Major and if I can play in The Open Championship, that would be really awesome!” said Henson.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond is a further shot back from Henson in tied-15th place after posting a 71.
Jazz and Henson are part of an international field of 75 players from 18 countries who are vying for one of the four places to The Open Championship which will be held at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake from July 17-20.