Who is Christo Lamprecht? Meet the South African amateur leading The Open at Royal Liverpool | Golf News

Amateur Christo Lamprecht shot an impressive five-under 66 to take an early lead at the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool; The South African’s debut is the second-lowest opening round by an amateur in Open history; Watch live on Sky Sports all week

Last Updated: 20/07/23 1:49 PM


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South African amateur Christo Lamprecht talks to Sky Sports after shooting an impressive five-under par 66 in the first round of The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

South African amateur Christo Lamprecht talks to Sky Sports after shooting an impressive five-under par 66 in the first round of The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

Christo Lamprecht outclassed the world’s best in a dominant display to become the early leader of the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool.

The South African, who qualified for the final men’s event of the year by winning the Amateur Championship last month, carded seven birdies with two bogeys to fire a five-under 66 to set the clubhouse target at Hoylake.

Lamprecht plays university golf for Georgia Tech in the United States and is ranked third in the world amateur golf rankings, with the 6ft 8in rising star – who will also be eligible to play in The Masters next April – not surprised by the strong start to his major career.

Lamprecht is one of six amateurs in the field at Royal Liverpool

Lamprecht is one of six amateurs in the field at Royal Liverpool

Lamprecht said after his initial round, “In my own mind, no, not so.” “I think I’ve been very hard on myself and I think I’ve earned my spot to be here. I think the way I played today, I’ve earned being on top of the leaderboard so far.

“It’s not an arrogant thing to say. I personally think I believe in myself, and I think if you’re a professional or a competitor, when you first step onto the tee box, you have to believe that you have to be the best out there.

“Yeah, I’m very proud of it. I’m a little surprised, obviously, naturally, but I also played good golf today.”

How did Lamprecht determine the speed of the shock

Playing alongside compatriot Louis Oosthuizen and Dutchman Joost Luyten, Lamprecht holed a cross from 20 feet to save before hitting a 25-footer in the third after taking a free release from near the grandstand after his tee shot.

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Lamprecht found the par-four fourth green almost from the tee and used his length from the tee to take a two-putt advantage from 50 feet for the par-four fifth, birdie. He then fired his tee shot close to the par-three to take the second shot.

The 22-year-old began his back nine with a birdie and responded by hitting an eight-footer to save par on the 11th by hitting the fairway on the 14th, followed by another birdie on the par-five to temporarily put him three ahead.

Lamprecht carded an impressive birdie on the 14th during his opening round at The Open

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Lamprecht carded an impressive birdie on the 14th during his opening round at The Open

Lamprecht carded an impressive birdie on the 14th during his opening round at The Open

Lamprecht failed to get up and down the back green of the 16th, dropping him back to four-under, came close with an amateur long-range birdie attempt at the 17th, and then birdied a shot at the par-five to end his round.

“I would probably say the first tee shot was my only source of nervousness all day,” Lamprecht said. “I came off the first tee box after hitting my snap-hook drive and my caddy said to me ‘Listen, you’re playing The Open as an amateur; no need to stress.’

Lamprecht thanks crowd after opening with birdie on 18th hole

Lamprecht thanks crowd after opening with birdie on 18th hole

“This [leading] Very unrealistic. It’s good to see that a lot of work behind the scenes is paying off. It’s something I haven’t even dreamed of yet, but it’s awesome.”

The quick start is the second lowest opening round by an amateur in The Open history, one shot higher than the score Tom Lewis made on the opening day in 2011, while four strokes better than any amateur during the first round of The Open at Royal Liverpool.

Lamprecht received praise from Bryson DeChambeau for his ball speed during a practice round before the tournament, as well as describing his teammate Oosthuizen as a “serious mentor” in his early career, while refusing to be excited about joining the professional ranks.

Lamprecht sets clubhouse goal on opening day of 151st Open

Lamprecht sets clubhouse goal on opening day of 151st Open

“I really don’t think about anything [will change]To be honest,” Lamprecht insisted. “Early in my college career I made a promise to my head coach that I would stick around for four years and I think you’re only as valuable as your word. I definitely plan to stay in college until next year and turn professional after that.”

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Jordan hails ‘dream day’ after solid start

Royal Liverpool’s Matthew Jordan enjoyed the day of his life after having the honor of hitting the opening tee shot at Hoylake.

Jordan kicked off the competition on Thursday with a tee time of 6.35 a.m. A huge crowd followed him throughout the morning as he carded four birdies and two bogeys for a two-under 69.

Royal Liverpool member Matthew Jordan describes the unforgettable moment he was awarded the 151st Open Championship

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Royal Liverpool member Matthew Jordan describes the unforgettable moment he was awarded the 151st Open Championship

Royal Liverpool member Matthew Jordan describes the unforgettable moment he was awarded the 151st Open Championship

Jordan said, “Amazing – I have no words to describe it.” “It was insanely fun, mental, intense, everything I could have wanted. I’m definitely trying to think of a better experience than this, and I don’t think I can.”

“Obviously with this opportunity and everything going on from the start, I’m definitely really happy to cross the 70 mark. I think it’s one thing, if you do it, you definitely can’t be pissed.”

Catch the 151st Open live all week exclusively on Sky Sports. Live coverage of the second round begins at 6.30am on Thursday on Sky Sports Golf.

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