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Blake Windred slips to 19th place finish in Austria

Windred in action this week (Photo: European Golf Association)
The Australian Golf Club’s Blake Windred has finished 19th at the European Amateur Championship, a disappointing weekend seeing him slip from 2nd place at the halfway stage to his eventual finishing position.

Lying just one shot from the lead through 36 holes of an event which he led at a similar stage in 2018, Windred surprisingly slumped to a third round of 78 before a final round of 2 under par 70.

New Zealand’s Daniel Hillier who along with Windred led after round one, finished in 33rd place, the Sunshine Coast’s Rob Crabtree was 50th and Josh Greer 61st.

Hillier followed up his opening round of 66 with a second round of 85 but was still able to make the final 36 holes, finishing with rounds of 68 and 70.

The winner was Germany’s Matthias Schmid who won by three over Scotland’s Euan Walker, a third round of 63, the best of the week, setting up the victory.

The win earns Schmid a spot in The Open Championship at Royal Portrush next month and likely a start at the Masters next April.

"I can't believe that right now, I haven't played in any high-level professional events, so to have this as my first one, it's unbelievable." Said Schmid. "I didn't make many mistakes which was the key."

     

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