Gregor Graham narrowly wins the shortened Brabazon trophy
Gregor Graham (England Golf Photo)
Gregor Graham (England Golf Photo)

Gregor Graham won the 2024 Brabazon Trophy, the Men's English Open Amateur, at the Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club in Nottingham, England. Graham finished 9-under to beat Daniel Hayes and Wilhelm Ryding by one shot. 

The Blairgowrie golfer had a brilliant final round until a three-putt bogey on the final hole meant a tense finish in front of the clubhouse crowd, as nearest competitors Daniel Hayes and Wilhelm Ryding had opportunities to take it to a playoff.

Hayes birdied holes No. 15 through 17 to set up a grandstand finale, while Ryding eagled the par-5 17th, but on No. 18, Ryding couldn’t quite make birdie, and Hayes missed his par putt to force a playoff.

Graham, who joins a list of Scottish winners including Lloyd Saltman and Sandy Lyle, said: “It feels absolutely amazing. It’s great to win such a big event like this.

“When I knew it was going to be 12 holes on the final day, it felt a bit different and strange, but it was a bit of a shootout, so I just tried to make as many birdies as possible.

“I was on edge waiting around with my dad and friends to see what the results were for the others, but it was a massive relief, really. It’s nice to get another Scot on the trophy, and hopefully, we can get more! I’ve got a long drive home but I’ll certainly be having a few beers to celebrate and looking forward to seeing family and friends.”

Graham recently won the 2024 South African Amateur and is currently ranked No. 64 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings.

Australian Harry Takis led by a shot heading into the final round, but a tricky day for the youngster saw him drop nine shots in nine holes to see his hopes of winning quickly fade away.

A monumental run-in from Wilmer Edero saw the Swedish golfer fire four birdies in his final four holes, finishing 5-under for the 12 holes played and holding the clubhouse lead at 7-under. He was soon accompanied by England Men’s player Eliot Baker, who produced a brilliant final round of 4-under 68 before Hayes and Ryding finished on 8-under overall. 

Hayes's consolation, however, was that he picked up the George Henriques Salver for the top under-20 player of the tournament. 

England’s Harley Smith was always in contention but bogeyed two of the last four holes to finish T6 at 6-under alongside Jordan Burnand, Matt Roberts, and James Ashfield. Hollinwell’s very own Jack Sallis was 3-under for his 12 holes to finish 5-under overall and ended up T10, while Walton Heath's Oscar Lent had a stunning finish with back-to-back eagles on Nos. 16 and 17 but ultimately finished eight shots back. Check out the final leaderboard here.

The competition, which was due to start on Thursday, was pushed back to Friday due to heavy rain earlier in the week. After Saturday’s second round, with thunderstorms forecast throughout Sunday, the decision was made to reduce the final day to just 12 holes, with 41 players making the cut.

England Golf Championships Director James Crampton said: “From a safety perspective, the 12 holes which were being used were relatively close to the clubhouse and should a suspension have been required, we could have evacuated the course quickly. Due to the forecast of storms from midday onwards, by reducing the third round to 12 holes, it increased the ability for us to complete a round. As per the Rules of Golf, once a round has started, we cannot reduce the amount of holes played, so this was the logical decision to ensure we could get play on the final day.

“A big thanks to the team at Hollinwell for their support over the week and congratulations to all the players, especially Gregor, on a fantastic few days of golf.”

Results: Brabazon Trophy
1ScotlandGregor GrahamScotland100066-72-47=185
T2EnglandDaniel HayesEngland70070-68-48=186
T2SwedenWilhelm RydingSweden70068-69-49=186
T4SwedenWilmer EderoSweden50071-71-45=187
T4EnglandEliot BakerEngland50068-72-47=187

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ABOUT THE Brabazon Trophy

The Brabazon Trophy is the English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship and is open to male amateur golfers of all nationalities.

The Championship is played by 72 holes of stroke play over four days and will be contested by 144 competitors, consisting of exempt players and those who have progressed through qualifying. 18 holes are played on each of the first two days. After 36 holes the leading 60 competitors and all those tying for 60th place shall play a further 18 holes on the third day, followed by a re-draw and a final 18 holes on the fourth day.

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