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Moor Park golfer Callum Shinkwin claims victory at the English Amateur Championship
Moor Park golfer Callum Shinkwin claimed victory at the English Amateur Championship and admits he felt relieved to win the title after a gruelling week of golf.
The 20-year-old won the competition at Frilford Heath after defeating Matthew Fitzpatrick 4 and 3 in the 36 hole final.
Shinkwin secured a deserved victory after playing strongly throughout the six day competition. He is also believed to be the first Hertfordshire golfer to win this prestigious title since Nick Faldo in 1975.
“To be honest, I felt relieved when it was all over,” he said. “It is a long and gruelling week because you are playing for six days and the day before that you have a practice round.
“So you are out there for a whole week which is much longer than most of the competitions.
“Towards the end of the week I did get a little bit tired but that means you have to be mentally strong, I think that is a big part of it.
“You need to keep your cool while you are playing because if you let yourself get angry then you’re just going to waste energy.”
Shinkwin set up the platform for his victory in the morning of the final when he went round in 68, four under par, and was three-up at lunch.
That put him in control and left Fitzpatrick with a hill to climb and needing a few birdies, which proved elusive.
Shinkwin went five up on the 28th when Fitzpatrick ended in the trees but the 18-year-old won the next hole as Hertfordshire golfer missed the green.
On the 30th Fitzpatrick missed a chance to take the contest further as his putt stayed above ground and Shinkwin secured the half he needed for the title.
“I know Matt well because we share the same coach,” he said. “He is now ranked at number two in the world at amateur level and I knew he wasn’t going to be an easy opponent.
“He has a very good short game but I felt I overpowered him and that proved the difference because it gave me an early lead.”
While many amateur players are turning professional, Shinkwin maintains he is in no rush unless the right deal comes along.
He has been selected for the England squad which will compete in the Home Internationals in North Yorkshire between August 14 and 16. He has played for England since he was 17 and remains very proud to represent his country.
He added: “I really enjoy playing for England. I could have gone over to America to compete in the USA Amateur Open but I decided to stay and represent my country.”
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