Danny Willett, the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer, has won the Australian Amateur Stroke Play at Royal Adelaide. Willett fired rounds of 73-71-71-70 to finish six under par and claim a one-shot victory over Australians Grant Scott and Josh Younger.
Willett had started the final day four shots behind Younger, but halved that deficit on the first hole by producing a birdie to the Australian’s bogey. It was a poor start to the round by Younger, who admitted that he was “looking for a rock to hide under” during the early part of his round. Yet to his credit, he came back strongly and finished just a single shot behind the Englishman.
Though the Australian Amateur Stroke Play has become a prestigious tournament in its own right, it also acts as the qualification event for the Australian Amateur – a three-day match play knockout that follows immediately after the medal rounds – and Willett is hoping to win that event as well. “There’s plenty of golf left at Royal Adelaide,” he said, “and be sure, I am looking to secure both.”
Competition is sure to be strong, however: just over Willett’s shoulder is Grant Scott, the other runner-up, who finished the stroke play event with a four-under-par final round of 69 that was the best of the day. “I’m a better match play contestant than stroke play,” he said. “My game’s good and I’m just looking forward to the next stage.”
Willett’s victory is his second international amateur title in the space of six weeks, following his Spanish Amateur win at the beginning of March. During that same period he also made his first appearance in a professional event, finishing 19th at the Open de Andalucia,
The World Amateur Golf Ranking, compiled and produced by The R&A, is the definitive global ranking system for amateur golfers, covering over 1650 golfers playing in more than 900 amateur events throughout the world.