Albert Hansson came out on top to win the Boys’ Amateur Championship on a notable day at Carnoustie.
In the 36-hole final, an all-Swedish showdown between good friends, Hansson overcame Didrik Ringvall Bengtsson 2&1 to win the 95th Boys’ Amateur.
Hansson fought back from three down with eight to play to triumph in a close-fought encounter.
It was a day for the history books over the famous Angus links as the Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur finals were played alongside each other for the first time. In another first, both finals were also live streamed on The R&A’s website at www.randa.org as well as on The R&A YouTube channel.
Hansson, 18, who attends the same school in Helsinborg as Hansson, joins a roll of honour that includes Matt Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and is the first Swedish winner since Marcus Svensson in 2015.
“It feels incredible,” he beamed. “I prepared with my Swedish team during practice and to be here as the winner feels like a dream. It was a special occasion to play each other as friends. It felt good to play against Didrik, not that good to win against him than someone else, but I know he will win big tournaments in the future.”
In good scoring conditions with little breeze, it was a close contest in the final, between two players who also share the same accommodation at school and have played together for much of their junior days.
Hansson and Ringvall Bengtsson, 18, shared four birdies in their opening six holes. Hansson, from Skaftö, birdied the first two holes but his countryman replied with birdies at the 4th and 6th as a tight match remained all square through 13 holes. A superb eagle from Hansson at the par-5 14th gave him the lead once more and he restored his two-up advantage after Stockholm’s Ringvall Bengtsson failed to get up and down with his chip from rough at the 15th.