Patrick Cover from the United States won the 55th Jamaica Golf Open Championship at Tryall Golf Club in Sandy Bay, Hanover on Tuesday four strokes clear of compatriot Josh Anderson, with defending champion Michael Maguire (USA) finishing third, just one stroke behind.

It was Cover’s second win after winning in 2019 at the same venue.

Cover, who topped the standings all three days with scores of eight under par 64, three under par 69 and two under 70 for an overall score of 13 under par 203, was just one of two golfers with under par scores every day.

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He was very happy with the results. “It’s good. I love coming to Jamaica, I love this golf course and I plan to come back for as long as possible. It’s a great tournament.”

Cover said it was tough on the course because last year’s winner played well. “MJ (Michael Maguire) played extremely well, he made it very difficult for me. I think he had eight under through 11 holes and I wasn’t playing as well as I was the last two days, but I was playing good but he erased that lead really quickly even through the first five holes that lead was almost already gone so it got more interesting I’m just glad I finished it (I) kinda well done on entering.

Anderson’s scores were par 72, two under 70 and seven under par 65 (the last day’s best score) for nine under par 207. Maguire shot three under par 69, one under par 71 and four under the par 68 for his overall total of eight pennies par 208.

“I played well today. Starting seven strokes back, you never really expected it, you want to play to win but deep down you think like maybe I’ll play for second, so loosen me up a bit at first but once I turned to seven under I kind of knew I had a chance to get the back nine down I played solid all day, pretty steady. happens, I had fun there. It was good to be in the running, so it was a good day.

Wesley Brown was the highest placed Jamaican pro on the pitch. He tied for 15th with scores of 69, 77 and 73 for a combined score of three on par 219.

He was dissapointed. “Extremely disappointed knowing I had it, plus 13 on the back nine only and it’s not good to play professional golf. I gave a lot. Really proud to have finished this low, but I still need to stock up against these guys.

“These are the guys I should be looking after when they come here, I mean I have all the tools to do the job and again I failed to do the job. It’s a learning curve. I take it as a springboard for next year.

On the amateur side, Jamaican Justin Burrowes topped this category with scores of 76, 70 and 73 for a total of three on par 219. He was also the only golfer outside of the pros to score under par. He finished the tournament with a birdie putt, “that was a really good putt. It was my whole shopping cart honestly. He just gave me a really good line and he’s been giving me a really good line all week and I just hit a really good putt with really good speed, and he went in, so I give full credit to my younger brother for that one.

“Overall I’m happy with my game. I feel like there’s something to build on and it’s always an honor to win so happy too.

Jamaicans Zandre Roye and William Knibbs finished second and third respectively. They had scores of 222 (76, 74, 72) and 226 (78, 76, 72) respectively.

The top three players in the senior pros were Dwayne Pearman – 220, David Morland – 226 and Danny King – 230.

The other section, the senior amateurs, the top two are Jamaicans, Owen Samuda – 237 (76, 84, 77) and Dr Mark Newnham – 242 (80, 81, 81) while Canada’s Robert Sterling finished third – 253 (84, 85, 84).

Jodi Munn-Barrow, President of the Jamaica Golf Association, said: “It has been a great week. Very exciting. “The golf was at the highest level we have seen in a while. MJ Maguire really tried, fell very close, just the penultimate hole, so I’m very happy with the event this year.

According to Scott Summy of presenting sponsor Aqua Bay, “I think it’s been great. The crazy thing about golf is that it tests you physically, mentally and there are all kinds of outside forces that test you as well and that could be the weather, the wind, the fast greens and so we have a bit of it all and I think it was a great tournament and a real test of golf, so I’m very, very happy with that.