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Forrest advances to Amateur Championship Quarter-finals

Grant Forrest continued his impressive form in the 120th Amateur Championship at Carnoustie today with a convincing 4&3 victory over England's Ashley Chesters to reach the Quarter-Finals.

The Amateur Championship 2015 Match Play Round 3 - Grant Forrest
The Amateur Championship 2015 Match Play Round 3 - Grant Forrest

Forrest, a former Scottish Amateur champion, was four up after five holes against the two-time European Amateur Champion. Birdies on the 10th and 11th holes gave Forrest, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday tomorrow, a decisive lead in the match and he secured a 4&3 win.

"I knew it was going to be a tough game," he said. "Fortunately he let me get a nice little lead to be four up after five. Then he got a couple back but I made a couple of good putts on the 10th and the 11th to get to five up and then it was a case of hanging on after that.

"I have been playing solid golf. It was a little bit scrappy today but I managed to score which is always good. I got beat in the last 16 two years ago so it's great to get through to the Quarter-Finals. This is the biggest event we play in the summer and so I have just got to keep doing my thing and see what happens."

France enjoyed an excellent day with four players reaching the Quarter-Finals. Alexandre Daydou held his nerve in a close match against Iceland's Andri Bjornsson. The Italian International Amateur Champion won four consecutive holes from the 11th to take control of the match and he eased to a 2&1 win to secure his place in the last eight.

"I won the 11th to be all square, the 12th to be one up, the 13th to be two up and the 14th to be three up so that was really the key to the game today," he said.

"My putting has been very good this week in all of my rounds and through the match play. I have played very well. I am just playing all of my matches 100% so let's see what happens."

The Amateur 2015 Match Play Round 3 - Alexandre Daydou
The Amateur 2015 Match Play Round 3 - Alexandre Daydou

Daydou, who is making his third appearance in the Amateur Championship, will be joined by Antoine Rozner, who took a grip of his all-French match against Paul Barjon with birdies on the 12th and the 14th holes and sealed a 3&2 win, and Romain Langasque who defeated Sweden's Adam Blomme by two holes. Robin Sciot-Siegrist rounded off the day with a 3&2 win in the final match against Alejandro Tosti from Argentina.

The all-Scottish affair between Jack McDonald, the 2012 Amateur Championship semi-finalist, and Glencruitten's Robert MacIntyre was won 4&3 by the 22-year-old from Kilmarnock (Barassie). Scottish interest in the Quarter-Finals was further boosted by Greig Marchbank's 2&1 win over Finland's Miki Kuronen.

The Amateur 2015 Match Play Round 3 - Sean Towndrow
The Amateur 2015 Match Play Round 3 - Sean Towndrow

England's Sean Towndrow, who lost in the Semi-Finals of last year's Amateur Championship, was three down to  Poland's Mateusz Gradecki by the 7th hole but clawed his way back into the match, winning the 15th and 16thholes to win by one hole.

"I played really well early doors and even though I was three down after seven holes I just felt like I needed to stay in there as I knew I still had a chance in the match," he added.

"I have been drawing on last year a lot. I feel like I have a lot more experience and will just keep grinding and see how I do. Getting the bronze medal last year made it very worthwhile."

For the full list of results and the draw for tomorrow’s Quarter-Finals please click here.