Anything possible for Mr 55 at Open

With good reason, Aussie battler Rhein Gibson feels like anything is possible at this week’s British Open.

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After all, a world record round of 55 doesn’t happen by accident.

Gibson, ranked 997 places below world No.1 Adam Scott, will make his major tournament debut at Royal Liverpool having qualified with a fourth-place finish at the Australian Open.

Lining up alongside the world’s best will be “the experience of a lifetime” for the 29-year-old New South Welshman but he’ll tee off on Thursday knowing he’s capable of something no other man in the field has achieved.

Gibson shot a 16-under-par 55 at the River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma in 2012, a performance recognised by Guinness World Records as the lowest round in history.

And going low hasn’t been a one-off occurrence for Gibson.

He’s twice shot rounds of 60 and fired a 10-under 62 in the final round of the Indonesia PGA Championship in March.

“I’ve gone low quite a bit so knowing that coming here is definitely a positive,” Gibson said on Tuesday.

“But I don’t want to be just known for that (the 55).

“Hopefully it’s just another feather in the cap of a long career.

“Hopefully my golf can shine for years to come.”

Gibson, who lives in the US but plays predominantly on the OneAsia Tour became a beneficiary of the R&A’s new qualification system that offers British Open spots for the top three finishers at the Australian Open who haven’t already qualified.

After placing tied-fourth in a stellar field behind Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and compatriot Scott, Gibson wasn’t even aware he had clinched an Open berth when he walked off the 18th at Royal Sydney.

“These two guys in suits came up to me and I thought `s**t, what did I do wrong?’,” Gibson said.

“And they were like `we’re from the R&A and you’ve got a spot in the Open’.

“It was surreal to be honest and just capped off an already-good week.”

Gibson says his first crack at the highest level is both about the experience and a possible stepping stone to future success.

There won’t be any 55s at Hoylake this week but Gibson knows, if he’s on, he has the game to surprise a few.

“I’ve proved to myself that I can play because I’ve qualified for it,” said Gibson, who has been preparing in the UK since Wednesday.

“On the other hand, it’s an opportunity that, if I did play well, you never know what could happen.”

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