Thorp wins amateur medal

2006-07-23 15:32
Hoylake - Norwegian teenager Marius Thorp won this year's British Open silver medal as top amateur while tournament leader Tiger Woods prepared for an afternoon teeoff on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Oslo fired a one-under-par 71 at sunny Hoylake to finish on even-par 288, seven strokes ahead of Italy's Edoardo Molinari.

Molinari, the only other amateur who made the halfway cut, closed with a 75.

Thorp holed a 25-footer to birdie the last and finish level with playing partner and five-times Open champion Tom Watson.

"This is fantastic," said the Norwegian, who booked his place at Hoylake by winning last year's European amateur championship.

"I played really well all four days and today I played with one of the greatest legends in the game. It's been a perfect day.

"Now I'm going to take a few weeks off now, having played two months in a row. I'm going to play the European Tour qualifying school later in the year and get some experience."

Watson was impressed by Thorp.

"I think he's a very good player and he's fearless with the putter," the 56-year-old American said. "I remember those days. I wish I could do that now."

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