The winner of the 2006 Junior Open Championship, Patrick Reed of the USA, again fulfilled the promise he displayed at Heswall four years ago with victory at the Jones Cup Invitational in Week Six, defeating former World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One Victor Dubuisson in the process.
Reed, a semi-finalist at the 2008 US Amateur Championship, and current European Amateur Champion Dubuisson both posted final-round 74s for 54-hole totals of six-over-par 222s at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Georgia. It would only require one extra hole to separate the pair, however. France’s Dubuisson found water leaving Reed to wrap up the win with a good up-and-down, typical of a day which saw him hit only 11 of 18 greens in regulation.
Dubuisson had, at one stage, enjoyed a three-shot lead, but bogeys at 15, 17 and 18 cost him dearly. The young American, Reed, took full advantage and is rewarded with 36-place leap to WAGRank 21. There is consolation for the Frenchman, however, as he rises one position to regain second place in the Ranking.
Meanwhile, Korea’s Jin Jeong claimed victory at the Tasmanian Open with a birdie on the fourth play-off hole. Fellow Victorian, Rory Bourke, had taken a three-stroke lead into the final round but slipped back into a tie with Jeong after a closing 74 at Kingston Beach Golf Club. The Korean, whose rounds of 71, 66, 68 and 72 gave him a tournament total of seven-under-par 277, climbs 44 places up the Ranking this week to 53th, while Bourke receives a 551-place boost to 1169th.
At the South Asian Games, Bangladesh’s Dulal Hossain took individual gold at the golf event, which took place at Kurmitola Golf Club, near Dhaka. In taking the title, the 19-year-old shot an 11-under-par total of 277 to edge out compatriots Jamal Hossain Mollah and Zakiruzzaman, who took silver and bronze respectively. In Week Six, Dulal Hossein moves up 130 places to WAGRank 1164. At the same event, Indian sensation Rashid Khan earned himself a 14-place rise up the Ranking to 41st.
Finally, Chilean Juan Carlos Cortes again kept tapping into a rich vain of form as he took the amateur title at the Abierto de Las Brisas de Santo Domingo: his two-over-par total of 290 enough for an emphatic 12-stroke win.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.