Clements leads by four in amateur final

Todd Clements

Todd Clements leads Jack Gaunt by four holes after 18 holes of the final of the English amateur championship at The Berkshire.

The 20-year-old trailed the early stages of the match, twice dropping behind to Gaunt’s birdies, but he got ahead on the 10th and then dominated play over the inward half.

Clements didn’t drop a shot until the 18th, where his tee shot finished in an awkward lie in the rough, and he was three-under for the briskly played round.

As Clements’ play grew increasing assured, Gaunt suffered the misfortune of three putts lipping out on consecutive holes as he steadily dropped behind. Even when he appeared to have the advantage, Clements generally had the answer.

For example on the long 15th Gaunt was comfortably on in two while Clements missed the green on the right, only to pitch up to within a couple of inches for a half in birdies.

On the short 16th both tee shots missed the green: Clements’ drive trickling off the putting surface and down a bank; Gaunt’s pushed shot getting a great break and threading through a tree on to the 17th green. But it was Clements who got up and down and moved to four up in the match.

The 17th also went to Clements after Gaunt’s second ended up in deep rough on the right of the hole and he could only chip out sideways. Again, his putt for a half lipped out.

However, on the 18th Clements found such a difficult lie right of the green that he had to take two to reach the putting surface, while Gaunt’s solid par won the hole.

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