Buckinghamshire’s John Gough has made historical past by changing into the primary Englishman to win the celebrated Australian Grasp of the Amateurs title.
The 2021 English Newbie Champion produced a stellar efficiency throughout the 4 days at Southern Golf Membership in south-east Melbourne to complete 4 photographs away from the sphere on 15 below par.
The competitors has beforehand featured future stars corresponding to Tommy Fleetwood, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler and Gough will now proudly put on the match’s well-known inexperienced jacket following his excellent success.
Nonetheless situations on the primary day within the Melbourne sandbelt helped Gough to make the dream begin as he shot a course file rating of 64 (-8) in a spherical which included 9 birdies. A day begin in gale-force winds on day two proved difficult as The Berkshire GC golfer dropped again following a two over par spherical of 74, however that wasn’t to be the tip of the story. A formidable third spherical of 67 pushed Gough again to the highest of the leaderboard as the warmth intensified on and off the course and he held his nerve within the closing spherical to shoot 68 and end 4 photographs away from Scotland’s Gregor Tait.
The dedication to make the journey to Melbourne was an enormous one for Gough, however he was thrilled to get his rewards on the finish of such an extended journey. “It was clearly nice to return to the opposite aspect of the world and get the win,” he mentioned. “It was a problem not solely to journey so far as I did, however to play within the situations I did so I’m delighted to get the win over right here.
“Earlier than coming over right here my dad mentioned that you just do see all 4 seasons in Melbourne and I can utterly agree with that now! I managed to get sunburnt and windburnt and we’ve seen some rain as properly however clearly to have a totally nonetheless day on the primary day and to shoot the course file, I used to be delighted with that.
“Day two was a totally totally different day, I teed off at 1.30pm and with all of the wind we had, it was completely brutal. I managed to battle the weather although and it turned out properly. I’m most proud that I’ve managed to battle the golf programs and a few excellent gamers within the discipline in powerful situations – the one issues we didn’t see have been snow and kangaroos!”
Australian Grasp of the Amateurs leaderboard