VIDEO: John Murphy wins St. Andrews Links in Playoff
St. Andrews Links Trophy champion John Murphy
(St. Andrews Links Photo)
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (June 10, 2018) - John Muprhy has a memory that will last a lifetime. On Sunday he won the St. Andrews Links Trophy on the Old Course.
The victory was his first career Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Rankings title. Murphy finished regulation 9-under following rounds of 70-66-71-71, including consecutive 1-under 71's on the 36-hole final day.
Murphy, a rising junior for Louisville, started the final round quickly with birdies on Nos. 3 and 4 to reach 10-under where he remained until he bogeyed the 13th to fall back to 9-under. Unfazed by the bogey the native of Ireland parred his way to the house before besting Germany's Jannik de Bruyn in extra holes.
Bruyn combined rounds of 71-71-68-68 to reach 9-under, playing the final day two rounds in a combined 8-under after beginning Sunday 1-under. The final round for Bruyn was a thing of beauty as he birdied four-times without dropping a shot. The only downside of the round was that Bruyn couldn't find anything but a par over the course of the last four holes.
England's Jake Burnage and Australia's Haydn Barron shared third at 8-under while Pierre Mazier of France, England's Laird Shepard and Canada's Joey Savoie were at 7-under were part of a tie for fifth.
ABOUT THE St. Andrews Links Trophy
72-hole stroke play that draws one of the top
amateur fields in Europe. Field plays two rounds, one
at the Old Course and one additional (sometimes
the Jubilee, sometimes the New), then the field
cut to the low 40 and ties. The final two rounds
are played on the Old Course.
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