Kyle’s double trouble

July 10, 2017

A double bogey on the 17th hole in the final round has cost Shepparton’s Kyle Michel a chance at winning the Japan Amateur Golf Championship.

A birdie on the 14th gave Michel the lead with four holes to go, but he finished bogey-par-double bogey-par to come fifth overall.

Michel, 21, finished the four rounds at six-under and only two shots behind the eventual winner Kazuya Osawa.

In an eventful tournament, the Victorian representative had to overcome a typhoon, wet conditions and a tricky Hiroshima Country Club course.

Michel’s father Simon said his son was delighted with how he performed overall, despite the disastrous finish.

‘‘That’s golf, he was deflated knowing he had a good chance to win it, but he will learn from it,’’ Simon said.

‘‘He’s had a good week overall, he was second going into the final day and was amongst the top seven or so golfers across the whole tournament.’’

On the par four 17th hole, Michel drove into the fairway before landing awkwardly in a bunker with his second.

Michel found the rough from the bunker before taking three shots around the green to card his only double bogey of the tournament.

‘‘It couldn’t have come at a worse time, of course he is disappointed, but he is better for the experience and will now focus on Wichita,’’ Simon said.

Meanwhile, fellow Australian and Queenslander Lawry Flynn finished at one-over in 23rd position.

Michel, who is in Dallas, is expected to feature in a handful of tournaments across the United States and if all goes to plan, he may be there for up to a month.

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