The Amateur Championship - Video Highlights
2019 Amateur Champion
James Sugrue (IRE)
James Sugrue savoured success on home soil to win The 124th Amateur Championship at Portmarnock. The Irishman thrilled around 3,000 spectators at the renowned links near Dublin to defeat Scotland’s Euan Walker in an exciting 36-hole final.
Sugrue was five up after nine holes but was forced to survive Walker’s comeback before clinching a one-hole win on the 18th.
The first stage of the 2020 Championship involves 120 players each of whom plays two rounds of 18 holes over both courses.The 64 lowest scores over the 36 holes will compete in the match play stage of the Championship.
Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes, except the final which is contested over 36 holes.
The champion receives full exemptions to The Open Championship and the US Open, and by tradition, an invitation to play in the Masters Tournament.
The Amateur Championship is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world and was first played in 1885 at Hoylake.
The championship has visited 22 locations throughout Great Britain and Ireland with Hoylake hosting the greatest number of times (18), followed by St Andrews (16), Royal St George’s (14), Prestwick and Muirfield (both 11).
The trophy has been lifted by some of golf’s greatest names and the record for the for number of wins is eight and held by John Ball Jr, who also became the first English-born player to win The Open in 1890.
Sir Michael Bonallack has also won The Amateur five times and the USA’s Bobby Jones won the championship in 1930 as part of his famous Grand Slam.
Other notable names to have been crowned Amateur champion include major winners José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia, and the current Walker Cup captain Craig Watson.
In 2018 288 players from 38 countries across the world were represented at The Amateur Championship.