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Murphy wins playoff to seal St Andrews Links Trophy

​​John Murphy from Kinsale becomes the third Irish winner of the St Andrews Links Trophy following his playoff victory on the Old Course at St Andrews

  • 10 June 2018

Picture: Ireland's John Murphy with the St Andrews Links Trophy

Kinsale's John Murphy holed the most important putt of his career to win the St Andrews Links Trophy following a sudden death playoff.

Murphy finished level with Germany's Jannik du Bruyn on nine under par after carding a final round 71 on the Old Course at St Andrews. They returned to the 18th for a sudden death playoff that was quickly settled when Murphy holed for birdie from 25 feet.

A magical weekend for the Cork teenager included a stunning second round of 66 on the Old Course that moved him into contention. The 19-year-old began Sunday's 36-hole finale with a third round 71 but de Bruyn produced back-to-back rounds of 68 to lead in the clubhouse.

Murphy set out from eight under in the final round and quickly reached double figures with birdies at the 3rd and the 4th. He remained at 10 under until the 13th where he dropped his only shot of the round. He needed to pick up one more shot to move clear of du Bruyn but a birdie eluded him over the closing stretch.

At the first extra hole of their sudden death playoff, Murphy pounced. His birdie putt found the cup and with it came the biggest prize of his short career. His previous wins include the Leinster Students, Munster Students and Munster Boys (2016). A student at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, the Cork native joins an illustrious list of winners at the St Andrews Links Trophy. And he becomes the third Irish player to triumph after Rathmore's Alan Dunbar (2009) and Naas' Conor O'Rourke (2016).

It was also a good weekend for Jonathan Yates (Naas) at St Andrews. Yates finished on four under for the tournament, closing with rounds of 72 and 71 to share 11th place.