Raymond wins the 2013 St Andrews Links Trophy
England's Neil Raymond secured victory today in the St Andrews Links Trophy following a final day birdie blitz.
The 27-year-old Englishman compiled rounds of 72-73-68-69 for a four-round total of 6-under 282. Good enough for a two-shot victory over compatriots Max Orrin, Ryan Evans and Nathan Kimsey.
Raymond adds the prestigious St Andrews Trophy, sponsored by St Andrews Links global partner Allianz, to the two Brabazon Trophy titles he has won the last two years. He is the third Englishman to win the title in the last four years.
“To win any international amateur tournament is special, but to do it at St Andrews is extra special,” Raymond said.
“I’ve always wanted to win here. It’s unbelievable. It’s my last time playing this tournament as an amateur and it’s good to go out in style.”
The Englishman began the last two rounds six shots off the pace but had the best 36-hole aggregate score in the field, 7 under, with a barrage of eleven birdies over the final day's 36 holes, including three on the spin to start the final round.
“I putted lovely today,” Raymond said. “I’ve been working really hard on that part of my game a lot recently and it paid off this week.”