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.