In Week 29, 20-year-old Amateur Champion and WAGR Number Two Jin Jeong took the Silver Medal for the leading amateur at the 150th Anniversary Open Championship. The Korean capped a phenomenal performance with an eagle putt on the 18th after driving the green to finish four under par. He follows former WAGR Number One Matteo Manassero in completing the double of Amateur Champion and winner of the Silver Medal in the same year.
“It was a dream come true,” explained Jeong, who plays his golf in Australia. “I played the Amateur and then finally at St Andrews, I mean, it's quite a lot. And I played really well and finished eagle. I don't think I can forget that moment.
“That will stay in my mind. All week I played really well, and all the crowds gave me claps. All week I can't forget.”
Korean-born American Lion Kim claimed the US Public Links Championship and, with it, and invitation to the 2011 Masters Tournament. Kim defeated David McDaniel 6& 5 to win the 36-hole final at the rain-delayed event.
The 21-year-old emerged from a seven-hour weather delay and gradually built up his lead before clinching victory in virtual darkness at the Bryan Park course. He sank an eight-foot putt for par on the par-four 13th to complete the victory.
"My putter is even black. I couldn't even see my putter," said Kim, who climbs 95 places to WAGRank 39. "Usually, when we read putts, we're looking from the other side and the side. ... This time, obviously, since we couldn't see anything, I just had to feel it with my feet to see what the slope was in. My feeling was, it was a hard left-to-right putt."
At Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, Rathmore’s Alan Dunbar clinched the North of Ireland Amateur with a 3&1 victory over 17-year-old Dermot McElroy of Ballymena.
“I was a bit nervous at the start. It was hard to ignore the expectations on me, but generally I kept my focus,” said Dunbar, 20, who ascends 103 places to WAGRank 182. “I was the more experienced player and that brought a wee bit of extra pressure. In the past, it was the other way round.
“This is my first match play title and it is very special because the North is held on my home courses,” he added.
And in Scotland, just 20 miles away from St Andrews, Japan’s Kenta Konishi maintained his clear-cut advantage over a final round played in wet, cold and windy conditions, to win the Junior Open title at Lundin Golf Club. Konishi had rounds of 71, 68 and 72 for a splendid two-under-par total of 211, which gave him victory by four strokes. Hen enters the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 3434th position.
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains WAGR Number One.