Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sherreard Finishes Top 20 at British Open

Georgia State’s Tom Sherreard finished his week at the 137th British Open with a 2-over par 72. With winds gusting at up to 40 miles per hour, Sherreard posted a 14-over 294 to finish in a thirteen-way tie for 19th.

Padraig Harrington repeated as British Open champion, shooting a 69 to best Ian Poulter by four shots with Greg Norman in third.

Sherreard’s 72 gave him his second best round of the week, good enough to vault him 16 spots up the Sunday leaderboard.

After opening his final round with three pars, Sherreard hit a skid bogeying holes four through seven, the most treacherous stretch of the golf course this week.

Posting a 4-over 38 on the front, Sherreard battled back towards par with an outstanding eagle-birdie finish. Sherreard’s eagle at the 17th was one of only four on the day, the fourth belonging to champion Padraig Harrington.

Making Sherreard’s run in the Open even more astonishing was his ascent from 90th at the end of Thursday’s round to a final tie for 19th.

Sherreard’s 19th place finish ties him with this year’s Masters champion Trevor Immelman, three-time major winner Phil Mickelson, and former PGA champion Davis Love III.

His finish bests those of two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, top-ten ranked Sergio Garcia, and former Georgia Tech golfer David Duval.Thomas Sherreard was one of two amateurs to make the cut at Royal Birkdale. Many other top golfers were eliiminated in the two-day cut.

Sherreard made his final round a memorable one, too, as he chipped in for eagle at the 17th hole and made birdie on No. 18 en route to a 72.

The two amateurs who made the cut both finished in the top 20. Sherreard had one of the just 17 sub-par rounds in the entire four days of the British Open.

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