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Jordan heralds biggest win at the Home of Golf

June 12 2017

Matthew Jordan, a 21-year-old from Merseyside, survived torrential downpours and an anxious wait to join Justin Rose among the English winners of the St Andrews Links Trophy, presented in association with Allianz.

Twenty years after Rose triumphed at the Home of Golf, Hoylake player Jordan emulated his compatriot and 2013 US Open champion on a day that tested the skills and patience of some of the world’s best amateurs over the Old Course.

Jordan closed with scores of 69 and 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total, winning by a shot from Irishman John Ross Galbraith, with Australian Ben Ferguson a further stroke back in third as they mounted a late charge.

Five-under for his final round after 12 holes, it appeared Jordan would have the opportunity to enjoy his march to victory over the back nine, eventually finishing with a 70 for a four-round, 11-under aggregate of 277.

However, following back-to-back bogeys to close he posted the clubhouse lead and faced an anxious few minutes as John Ross Galbraith and Ben Ferguson reached the 18th needing an eagle and birdie respectively to tie, the Australian only faltering with a bogey via a visit to the Valley of Sin at the 18th, while Ireland’s Galbraith fell a shot short despite another birdie.

A relieved Jordan celebrated his biggest win to date, surpassing his Hampshire Hog win last year, which provided another pleasing link to his compatriot Rose.

“Obviously that is Justin’s club and he was kind enough to tweet me his congratulations after I won that, and I’m aware that he’s a former winner here too,” said Matthew.

“Today was tough because although the rain died off from time to time, every time it came on it was really heavy and the wind picked up with it. To be five-under after 12 was really important because coming back into the left to right wind, with all the trouble on the right, this course is really difficult.”

The Links Trophy debutant said winning at the Old Course was particularly poignant as his grandad Tony is an R&A member and had taken his grandson on the Old Course three or four times.

“My whole family have been really supportive with my golf but I’m delighted to win here with my grandad and so many of his friends here watching,” Jordan explained.

With the Amateur Championship at Royal St Georges just a few weeks away, Jordan said he hoped his continued success would help him catch the eye of GB&I Walker Cup selectors.

“At the start of the year it was at the back of my mind but as the season has progressed and my form has been good I started to think I needed to win a big one to get noticed,” Jordan added.

“This is big, they don’t come much bigger than this, I’m just absolutely thrilled.”
Final scores
277 – M Jordan (Royal Liverpool) 70 68 69 70
278 – J R Galbraith (Ireland) 66 71 70 71
279 – B Ferguson (Australia) 70 68 71 70
280 – L Shepherd (Rye) 75 67 70 68, A Gallegos (Argentina) 72 71 69 68, D Boote (Walton Heath) 73 69 69 69

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