Former Tiger Brad Benjamin Wins U.S. Public Links
July 18, 2009
Former Tiger golf standout Brad Benjamin defeated Nick Taylor of Canada earlier today to win the 2009 United States Amateur Public Links Championship. He defeated Taylor 7&6 in the 36-hole match play final at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
Benjamin, who led 4-up after 18 holes, continued his stellar play in the second round, winning the first hole of the afternoon round by hitting his approach shot on the 468-yard par-4 first hole to within 3-feet for birdie, which was conceded by Taylor.
Benjamin then matched Taylor's birdie on the 621-yard par-5 fifth hole, and surged ahead to 6 up after making a 30 foot birdie putt on the sixth hole. He then closed out Taylor, 7 and 6, by hitting his tee shot the 164-yard par-3 12th hole to within 8 inches.
The Public Links championship is an event that has been held since 1922. It is labeled as the championship for all public course golfers, as no one that has a membership at a private club is eligible to compete for the title.
With the victory, Benjamin becomes joins Hillman Robbins and Lou Graham as the only Tiger alumni to have won a USGA Championship. Robbins claimed the 1954 United State Amateur Championship and Graham won the 1975 United States Open.
Benjamin also earns an exemption into the 2010 Masters with the victory.