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december 12th 11.32
Alfred Dunhill Championship
Liam Johnston

Final write-up of the year and I am certainly ready for the break after a poor second half to 2018 – so maybe I can go out on a big hurrah!
I am guilty as charged for putting all my eggs in one basket for this event (or rather one big egg divided up into smaller baskets) though there is every possibility I will end up with egg on my face – that happens when you back 500/1 shots.

So where do I begin with the young Scotsman – well he turned pro ready for the 2018 season having had a fairly decent amateur career – reaching the top 50 in the World after his biggest achievement in March 2017 – winning the African Amateur – here at Leopard Creek. He seems to have forged a mentoring friendship with this weeks host Johann Rupert – hence the invites to the Alfred Dunhill Links event and he should feel comfortable in familiar surroundings.
He began 2018 with no status with an aim of making the European Tour in three years – he made it in nine months!
Starting off in the Pro-Golf tour he won on his fourth start in Morocco, he then got some invites to play on the Challenge Tour – he won the Costa del Sol matchplay on his third start, adding to that tally and securing his card in September with a win in the high profile Kazakhstan Open. Maybe it’s an omen that he makes his fourth start as a European Tour member on a course that holds such fond memories?
I am not too worried about his 72/mc/mc start to the campaign as he had gone mc/mc before winning in Morocco, had missed the cut the week before his matchplay win and missed three of four previous cuts before Kazakhstan. It’s what you get with young players – a huge amount of inconsistency.MORE
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