Victor Dubuisson has earned an exemption into the 139th Open Championship at St Andrews after winning the European Amateur Championship. The 19-year-old’s seven-under-par four-round total of 277 at Chantilly Golf Club, just north of Paris, was enough to claim the title by one stroke from third-round leader, Scotland’s Ross Kellett.
First-round leader after a fantastic six-under-par 65, Dubuisson dropped back slightly on Thursday and Friday with scores of 75 and 74. But a Saturday 66, including a crucial birdie at the 71st hole, took the Frenchman back to the top of the leaderboard and to victory.
Dubuisson will make his debut at golf’s oldest Major next July, an opportunity which, he explained, is too good to pass up by turning pro before then.
“I will wait a little before turning pro, to enjoy playing The Open Championship on the Old Course!” said Dubuisson, who plays off a handicap of +4.6. “I came here with a great motivation: a win to play The Open...I am so happy to have won the European title.”
Currently ranked 14th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Dubuisson has already enjoyed success when competing at professional level. In May of this year he finished 17th at the Challenge Tour’s Allianz Open Côtes d'Armor Bretagne. And in July he bettered that performance with a third-place result at the Allianz EurOpen de Lyon.
Open Championship Silver Medalist, Matteo Manassero, finished a respectable seventh at Chantilly, while another 16-year-old, France’s Clement Sordet, was tied-third.
Elsewhere, at Quail Creek Country Club, recent Stanford University graduate, Dodge Kemmer took the Scratch Players Championship with on a score of 16-under-par. Kemmer, of Wichita, Kansas, fired a final-round 67 (three-under-par) to take the title and, with it, a 53-place leap up the Ranking to WAGRank 46.