Dunne's closing 78 gives Niebrugge (T-6) silver medal

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ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Amateur Paul Dunne entered the final round of the Open Championship with a share of the lead.

He didn’t even walk away with the silver medal. 

Dunne, playing in the final group with Louis Oosthuizen, shot a final-round 78 to slide all the way to a tie for 30th.

That opened the door for Jordan Niebrugge, who briefly scared the lead on the front nine and earned low-amateur honors with a T-6 showing. He closed with 70. 



Niebrugge, a senior at Oklahoma State, is the first amateur to finish in the top 10 in an Open at St. Andrews since 1960. 

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” he said.

Niebrugge (-11), Ollie Schniederjans (-9) and Ashley Chesters (-9) recorded the lowest Open scores ever by an amateur.

Dunne’s week wasn’t a total loss – the 22-year-old Irishman was the first player to lead after 54 holes of the Open since Bobby Jones in 1927.