Daan Huizing cruised to victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy today and set a new record low score for the tournament.
The 21 year-old Dutchman finished on a 23 under par total of 264 after rounds of 65 on the New Course and 64, 68 and 67 on the Old Course. He shaved nine shots off the previous record score in the 72 hole tournament and finished 14 shots clear of 2009 champion Alan Dunbar from Rathmore in second place
Huizing became the first player to win the St Andrews Links Trophy and the Lytham Trophy in the same year following on from his 11 shot victory at Royal Lytham.
The only blemishes in two near faultless rounds on the Old Course today were twice putting his second shot at the first hole into the Swilcan Burn. Having led the tournament from start to finish, Huizing did not let these mistakes bother him and went on to birdie the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 14th and 15th holes on his way to a final round five under par 67.
"This afternoon I hit my second to the first a bit fat but after that had a lot of birdie chances through good wedge play to the first ten greens," he said. "I was hitting them close and didn't hole many big putts. I have improved my attitude this year and have been concentrating on distance control."
-7 O' Donovan
Image: Daan Huizing with the St Andrews Links Trophy.