Porteous survives windy conditions, claims British Am

RSS

Garrick Porteous successfully battled blustery conditions Saturday at Royal Cinque Ports, defeating Finland's Toni Hakula 6 & 5 to become the first Englishman to win the British Amateur in a decade.

As a result of the win, the 23-year-old earned a spot in the British Open next month at Muirfield. Should he retain his amateur status, Porteous will also receive an invitation to the Masters next spring as well as a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

With intermittent rain falling and winds gusting up to 40 MPH, both Porteous and Hakula struggled throughout the 36-hole final, as neither player made a birdie until Porteous drained a birdie putt on the 23rd hole. While the 21-year-old Hakula, who will be a senior at Texas this fall, won the opening hole, it was Porteous that took control of the match early, building a 4-up lead after just nine holes and finishing the opening 18 holes with a 3-up advantage.

A 2012 graduate from the University of Tennessee, Porteous maintained his lead during the second round, holing a long putt for birdie on the 27th hole to increase his margin to 5-up. From there, he was able to hold on for a 6 & 5 win and return the trophy to England for the first time since Gary Wolstenholme won the event in 2003.

Past champions of the British Amateur include Jose Maria Olazabal (1984), Sergio Garcia (1998) and Matteo Manassero (2009).