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Alejandro Agueilera defeats defending champion Marcus Svensson at The Boys Amateur Championship

The 16-year-old led for the majority of the match, winning the 4th hole with a birdie two, before Svensson conceded on the 7th to extend the lead to two holes.

The pair traded holes between the 8th and 10th, but two successive bogeys by Aguilera on the 15th and 16th left the match all square. However, the Spanish youngster kept his composure on the final hole, producing a fine up and down from the left hand bunker to seal the match with a par.

Speaking after his victory, Aguilera said, “It’s difficult to say how I feel; I’ve never felt something like this. It was amazing to have the support out there. My short game was good and I hit many fairways. I wish to win it, but I know it will be very, very difficult. I will try and play my best, it’s amazing to be here at Muirfield as I’ve only ever played in England.”

Alejandro Aguilera after beating defending champion Marcus Svensson.
Alejandro Aguilera after beating defending champion Marcus Svensson.

England’s Danny Daniels is also through to tomorrow’s quarter finals after a 3&1 win over compatriot Arrun Singh Brar. In blustery, wet conditions on Scotland’s east coast, the Essendon member took control of the contest from the 7th and led throughout before securing the result on the 17th hole following a bogey six from his opponent.

Daniels said, “I’m really happy, I played some really good golf there. I managed to grind out the result in the end and played great. I holed some putts to save par. I’m really happy to get this far.

“I’m just taking one game at a time and I’m happy to be here at Muirfield and enjoy the experience, it’s not every day you get to play here. We’ll see how we go tomorrow and just enjoy it.”

Lucas Becht found himself four holes in front after the 10th hole against Ruben Petterson, and never looked back as the Belgian closed out the match against the Dane on the 16th. Becht commented, “It’s amazing to get to the quarter-finals. I came here looking to do my best and having got through is just the best thing I could have hoped for. I’m really happy.”

Also through to the quarter finals are David Nyfjall, Matias Honkala, Falko Hanisch, Adrien Pendaries and Charlie Thornton, who won on the second extra hole against Timo Vahlenkamp.

During the morning third round matches, leading qualifier Kristoffer Reitan was beaten by England’s Daniel O’Loughlin on the final hole to exit the Championship, while Ireland’s Thomas Mulligan, who had beaten the much fancied Rayhan John Thomas in the previous round, lost 3&1 to Daniels.

The quarter finals get underway tomorrow from 8am at Muirfield. Admission and parking is free. For the match play draw and scoring please visit championships.randa.org