Burnage finishes strong for St. Andrews Links Trophy win
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Jake Burnage has made steady progress at the St. Andrews Links Trophy over the past three years. After moving up from 53rd in 2017 to third a year ago, the Englishman has now won the event at storied St. Andrews Links.
It didn’t come easily.
Burnage entered the day trailing fellow Englishman Matty Lamb, and had a see-saw front nine on the Old Course. Burnage birdied his opening hole, gave it back on No. 2, then birdied the third. The back nine included a birdie at No. 10 – which is where Burnage closed the gap on Lam – and an eagle at the par-5 14th.
Lamb, meanwhile, could only muster one birdie at the ninth, and with two bogeys on his card, finished with a final-round 1-over 73.
Both men made remarkable pars on the famous Road Hole 17th.
In the end, Burnage won with a 20-under total, which was one better than Lamb.
Behind those two, Irishman Caolan Rafferty finished third at 17 under thanks in large part to a closing 66.
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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