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Fortune Favours Brave Burnage at Links Trophy

June 10 2019

England International Jake Burnage lifted the 2019 St Andrews Links Trophy, presented in association with Allianz, following a dramatic three-shot swing on the Old Course.

Pitted against compatriot Matty Lamb, who had led from the front following impressive opening rounds of 64 and 63, the Englishmen battled it out in the final round over the Old Course. 

Burnage, who had whittled Lamb’s lead down, produced a remarkable eagle on the long 14th hole to his opponent’s bogey which saw a late switch for top spot on the leaderboard.

Burnage, a 23-year old from Saunton in Devon, parred his way in from there for a 69 and final score of 20-under aggregate (268), just one shot clear of rival Lamb.

Following a third place finish in last year’s tournament, Burnage seemed at ease as he made his way down the closing holes.

“I love this place,” said Burnage. “I’m a links golfer so it’s nothing new for me, so I just forgot all about last year and concentrated on doing the job this year.

“It’s absolutely amazing to be able to turn around and see all these people behind you. I love a crowd. I’d much prefer to have one than not.”

Winners of the St Andrews Links Trophy have had to produce many dramatic moments through the years to overcome the elite amateur field. Burnage’s 295 yard three-wood approach will live long in the memory of the galleries, who turned out in some number. 

“I’ve not often had a three-shot swing on one hole but I hit a good drive and then hit it to 12 ft,” he said.

“It’s easily my biggest win, and it’s great to have done it at St Andrews of all places.”

Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team member Burnage is sure to have impressed onlooking selectors ahead of the Match at Royal Liverpool in September, along with Irishman and fellow GB&I team mate Caolan Rafferty who claimed third after a late charge and final round 65, giving him a closing aggregate of 271.

To view highlights from the 2019 St Andrews Links Trophy, including extended highlights of the tournament visit St Andrews Links official YouTube channel. 
 
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