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Cope Stays Cool In St Andrews Sun To Lift The Links Trophy

June 07 2021

England’s Jack Cope lifted the 2021 St Andrews Links Trophy, presented in association with Allianz, following a dramatic four-hole play-off on the Old Course.

As many as 10 players had a shot at the title coming up the famous 18th in glorious sunshine at the Home of Golf, however with eight-under four round totals of 280 it fell to current Scottish Amateur champion George Burns, English Amateur Champion Jack and compatriot Robin “Tiger” Williams to compete in a play-off for one of amateur golf’s best prizes.

22-year-old Cope from The Players club near Bristol finally prevailed at the fourth extra hole, the 18th, which he birdied all five times he played during competition, driving the green every time and two-putting.

That was enough to beat Burns and Williams, the former Junior Ryder Cup player from Peterborough hitting perilously close to the OB fence on the fourth play-off hole, pitching up but missing his birdie putt.

Winners of the St Andrews Links Trophy have had to produce many dramatic moments through the years to overcome the elite amateur field. Cope’s calm approach to secure the play-off will live long in the memory of the galleries, who turned out to support the competitors.

“I was committed with every shot I hit out there,” Jack said. “I probably played the best golf tee to green I've played all week in those four holes so I guess that was a nice time to really peak.”

Cope, who lifted the English Amateur at Woodhall Spa in 2020, revealed it was his first win in a play-off.

“I’ve played four play-offs in my life and lost every one before,” he said. “It had to be fifth time lucky, I suppose.

“I just tried to stay very much in the present. This morning I knew that I was capable of shooting two good scores to get into this. After the English Am last year I feel I know how to win. I wasn’t going to be overawed by the situation.

“The play-off, I maybe played my best golf tee-to-green all week on those four holes. At the 18th my strategy was to go for it every time. I really committed to the shot, and the last two were two of the best shots I’ve hit this week.

“I was always thinking, I’m here to win, I’m not going to have any regrets. If I try and shot and it doesn’t come off, so be it.”

Cope is no stranger to the Old Course or Scottish conditions having attended the golf programme at Stirling University.

 “I love coming here to the Home of Golf, I was at University in Scotland for a few years and I played all the courses here,” he added.

“I particularly like the Old Course, of course you do, you just walk round and think who’s won here and played here, so this is very, very special to me.”

To view highlights from the 2021 St Andrews Links Trophy, including extended highlights of the tournament visit St Andrews Links official YouTube channel. 

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