Wednesday, 10 August 2016
John Axelsen  (Getty Images)
John Axelsen (Getty Images)

Dane John Axelsen proved he was a serious contender for a place in the European Junior Ryder Cup team, moving into fifth position on the Order of Merit.   

Axelsen, who played for Europe in the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup, earned 145 points after he tied for ninth place last weekend at the European Amateur Championship, held at the Estonian Golf and Country Club, a European Tour Properties course.

With the Junior Ryder Cup team set to be announced on August 16, Axelsen finished on nine under par after shooting rounds of 69-71-70-69, and now sits just five points behind France’s Guilaume Fanonnel and Mike Toorop of the Netherlands, who are currently tied for third.

The event was won by Lucca Cianchetti in stunning fashion after he finished level on 16 under par with Norwegian Viktor Hovland, the young Italian eventually holding his nerve and prevailing after a seven hole play-off.

Swede Marcus Svensson earned 190 points at the event to move to 13th position overall in the Junior Ryder Cup Order of Merit.

The penultimate tournament before final selections is now underway, with the 90th Boys Amateur Championship taking place at the Muirfield and Renaissance Club.

German Max Schmitt sits well clear at the top with 745 points, 220 clear of Belgium’s Adrien Dumont De Chassart.

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