In Week 26, England’s Darren Wright took claimed the biggest victory of his career so far in winning the Brabazon Trophy at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. A level-par, fourth round of 72 left the 21-year-old four strokes clear of nearest challenger Simon Richardson, and five ahead of Adrian Otaegui of Spain, whose 70 was the only sub-par round of the final day.
“This win means everything to me,” said the 2006 Carris Trophy Champion, who is aiming to make Great Britain & Irelands 2011 Walker Cup squad. “I came here to prove I can compete with the best, and with so many good players here this week on such a good course, I can’t explain how I feel. But this proves that all the hard work I’ve put in over the past 18 months is paying off.”
Wright moves up 125 places to WAGRank 193 on the back of his triumph, becoming England’s number 10.
Over in the USA, Chris Ward completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Texas Amateur, which was held at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. An opening round of 64 set the 23-year-old, who celebrates his birthday today [Wednesday], on his way to a four-round score of 14-under-par and a five-stroke victory.
"It means a lot, especially with it being what looks like my last amateur tournament," said Ward, who climbs 13 places to WAGRank 12. "To have a win in my last amateur tournament, I really couldn't be any happier about it."
In Korea, 2009 Asian Amateur Champion Han Chang-won took the Ho-sim Cup at Club 900 Country Club. Han, who played at Augusta National in the Masters Tournament last April, shot rounds of 70, 65, 64 and 70 before winning the event in a play-off from Park Il-Hwan. The 19-year-old makes now occupies 155th place in the Ranking.
Korea’s Jin Jeong remains the World Amateur Golf Ranking Number One.