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Level par proves the Wright ingredient
28th June 2010

Darren Wright
Darren Wright (Photo Tom Ward & EGU)

Darren Wright proved himself right when he won the Brabazon Trophy, supported by SkyCaddie, at Royal Liverpool, adding his name to an already list of impressive winners, particularly those at Hoylake .

A level par closing round of 72 for 285, three under par, left him four strokes ahead of Simon Richardson, who returned 74, and five clear of Spain's Adrian Otaegui, whose 70 was the only sub-par round of the day.

"This win means everything to me," said Wright. "I came here to prove I can compete with the best and with so many good players here this week on such a good course, I can't explain how I feel.  But this proves that all the hard work I've put in over the past 18 months is paying off.  I have virtually changed my swing under my coach Alan Thompson and this season I've felt I have it under control."

This is the biggest victory of the 21 year old's career and follows wins in the Carris Trophy in 2006 and the West of England last year. He was capped at boys level but now feels he can achieve the ultimate as an amateur.

"I know there were England selectors here today and hopefully I have laid down a marker," added the Hampshire man from Rowlands Castle.  "If I can get picked for England hopefully I can get into the Walker Cup squad which is my aim. I'd love to play for my country as I'm a true Englishman."

On another difficult day over the famous links, Wright knew that even par would be a solid return and if he succeeded others would have to go well under par to beat him. 

He went out in 33 with four birdies and only had a few problems in a homeward 39. "I got unlucky a few times but some of the pins were tucked away that you couldn't attack them," he added.

But with a comfortable lead and no one mounting a challenge, he stood on the 18th tee knowing that he could take a triple-bogey seven and still lift the trophy.  In the event he took a solid par which underlined his class and his supremacy for the week.

Richardson, from Boston in Lincolnshire, was equally delighted to finish runner-up which also marks him as a talent to be watched.

"This is my best result since I started playing amateur golf full time," he said. "It's been a great week and this will give me a lot of confidence to compete with the top players. I made a shaky start today and was four over after seven holes but I steadied myself with a birdie at the eighth and came back in 35. The back nine has been kind to me in the last two rounds as I was three under yesterday.

"But it was tough. Everywhere is so dry and the greens were like lightning. It was like putting on glass but they were true although they caught me out a few times."

Otaegui's 70 was a complete mixture with an eagle, five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey but he came home in 34 to secure third spot on his own.

But many of the more fancied players were made to toil in the breeze. Chris Paisley visited sand on every hole from the 13th in his 76 for joint seventh place on 295 with Jack Senior who matched Wright's 72.  Matthew Southgate from Essex, who won the St Andrews Links Trophy, closed with 78 for 297, Todd Adcock with 75 and Jamie Abbott 77, both for 298 and Tommy Fleetwood 79 for 299.

Tyrrell Hatton, in second spot overnight, also shot 79 for 293 but had the consolation of winning the Henriques Salver for the best performance by a British and Irish player aged under 20, and the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies.

Full results, championship interviews and photos can be found on the Championships section of the EGU website



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