Australian Matt Jones became a dual victor of the tournament after holding on for a one-stroke victory following his final-round 69.
Matt Jones joined an elite few as he won his second Australian Open Sunday, resisting big pressure on the back nine from South African Louis Oosthuizen to clinch victory by a shot.
On a warm, gusty day, Jones ended at 15-under for the tournament, one ahead of Oosthuizen, who warmed-up for the Presidents Cup against the Tiger Woods-led Americans in Melbourne this week with impressive form.
What the largely inexperienced global team captained by Oosthuizen's compatriot Ernie Els will be trying to achieve at Royal Melbourne is a second win in 13 editions of the biennial contest.
But 2010 Open Championship victor Oosthuizen (66) threatened to spoil the party when he eagled the 72nd hole and cut Jones' lead to just one stroke.
"I'm going to go off and have some dinner then go straight to bed for some rest".
"It's always great to come back here to Australia to play, to get a trophy is fantastic and to also qualify for The Open is better still".
But unlike when he held on grimly to deny Spieth and Adam Scott by a shot four years ago, after racking up double and triple bogeys on a nervy front nine, Jones wasn't threatened on Sunday until the death.
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Runner-up Louis Oosthuizen, who finished a shot behind Jones, is already exempt based on his 2010 win.
The mild-mannered world number 20 was not too keen to get involved in the hype over United States player Patrick Reed's widely-condemned rule violation at the Hero World Challenge over the weekend.
"It is wonderful, if there's one Main I wish to win it's [The Open]", mentioned Jones, who performed at Royal Troon in 2016 and at Carnoustie in 2018. "I haven't been to St George's but I can't wait for The Open next year". "To be able to do that and plan a schedule around that, will be fantastic", Jones said.
The 39-year-old stroked a final round 69 to book a place at the 2020 Open Championship at Royal St George's.
Japanese amateur * a href="http://www.espn.com/golf/player/_/id/*/takumi-kanaya" *Takumi Kanaya (71) finished tied for third with Australian Aaron Pike (69).
Leishman sprayed his approach into the deep rough right, chopped out to the cart path and came up short before two-putting to fall six shots off the pace.
Australian Marc Leishman is another of the more seasoned campaigners in the global line-up and he was happy with his game after finishing in a share of 10th at his home Open.