Sunday, 17 April 2011
David Wilson Wins Scottish Boys
The 16-year-old had been eight down after 15 holes of the first round of the 36-hole match and seven down with just 14 holes remaining. However he put together four birdies in the next eight holes to apply the pressure.
“I knew all along that once I got a couple of holes and managed to get some momentum I could push him,” Wilson said.
“Even when I lost the fourth this afternoon [to go seven down] I thought it was possible.”
However it was towards the end of the afternoon round that Wilson’s unshakeable self-belief finally took its toll on his 18-year-old opponent. Johnston seemed to have stemmed the flow when winning the 15th hole to reclaim a two-hole lead, but he missed a three-foot putt for the match at the 17th, having needed only to two-putt from 20 feet for victory.
Another bogey at the last, after he found a fairway bunker off the tee, allowed Wilson to take the match into overtime – the first final to do so since Andrew Coltart won the title in 1987 – and both birdied the first extra hole, Johnston missing a 12-foot eagle putt. The second, also a par-5, was playing hard at 541 yards into the wind but while Wilson reached the front of the green in two, Johnston had a near-impossible chip back down the slope after hitting his third through the green and was unable to get down in two.