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Nicolai Hojgaard Wins European Amateur Championship

Nicolai Hojgaard has won the European Amateur Championship. The Danish player shot a final round 73 (+1), to add to his first three rounds of 71 (-1), 69 (-3), and 68 (-4) around Royal Hague G&CC, Netherlands, to finish on a total of seven-under-par.

Hojgaard held a one shot lead over England's Mitch Waite at the start of the final round. After exchanging the lead on the front nine with the English player multiple times, the Dane birdied the 16th hole to get to two-under-par for the day and head to the 72nd tee with a three shot lead.

A double-bogey on the last hole would be enough to secure trophy, and a spot in The 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, by a single stroke. 

Hojgaard becomes the third Danish player to win the championship, and the first to do so since Lucas Bjerregaard in 2010.

Four players tied for second place on six-under-par, Ireland's Robin Dawson, Dutch player, Jerry Ji, Viktor Hovland from Norway, and England's Mitch Waite. 

Giovanni Tadiotto shot the lowest round of the tournament, a six-under-par 66 in round two. The Belgian player could only manage a tie for 21st place on one-under-par however, his first round 80 (+8) costing him heavily. 

The 2019 European Amateur Championship will travel to Austria for the second time, and will be hosted by Diamond Country Club.

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Cover Photo: © Ronald Speijer