SEVILLA, Spain (March 6, 2016) -- Romain Langasque, of France won the Spanish International Amateur today, showing fine form just a month before taking advantage of his Masters invitation in Augusta, Georgia.
Langasque had rpretty much cruised to the semifinals, but on Saturday James Walker of England required him to show his skill under pressure. He responded with two chip-ins to square that match, and win on the first hole of a sudden-death. In the final, he would face another English player, Scott Gregory.
Gregory's run to the finals included an unexpected win over his countryman Marco Penge in the first round, and another win over and up-and-coming young amateur from Italy (Guido Migliozzi).
But today Langasque was too much for Gregory, and he lost 9-and-8.
“I’m disappointed not to have got the win," Gregory told The Yorkshire Post, "but Romain is an incredible player."
“This is the first time I’ve got to the final of an international field event, which is a huge positive for me, he continued.
“My goal going into the week was to make the match play stages so there’s nothing but positives to take. I putted very well all week and Sunday was just one of those days when nothing really got going.”
Gregory's previous best finish was a runner-up at the English Men’s Amateur championship in 2014.
As for Langasque, he will get the chance to play another big match on