Matthias Schmid Makes History At The Open

Matthias Schmid Makes History At The Open

Matthias Schmid Amateur Record
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Matthias Schmid made history at Royal St George's on Friday, shooting a stunning 65 to tie the lowest ever round by an amateur at an Open Championship.

Matthias Schmid Makes History At The Open

The 2019 and 2020 European Amateur champion secured his spot in the history books at Royal St George's, with a blemish free round including four birdies on the back nine.

After his round of 65, Schmid now ties Tom Lewis' record round, which also came at Royal St George's 10 years ago. It also means that The Open will have a silver medal winner for the first time since 2018.

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Schmid, who featured in The Open at Royal Portrush in 2019, started his day nicely, with one birdie and eight pars giving him a one-under-par front nine.

It was the back nine however where the 23-year-old really displayed his class, with birdies at the 12th and 14th being followed by back-to-back gains at the 16th and 17th.

Needing a birdie at the last to break Lewis' record, Schmid would fall just short, with his five-under-par round good enough for a one-under tournament total.

The German has been in scintillating form of late, just last month, he would finish inside the top-15 at the BMW International Open.

Matthias Schmid Amateur Record

Schmid at the presentation ceremony after winning the leading amateur BMW International Open. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

With Schmid making it into the weekend, his nearest challengers for the Silver Medal are China's Yuxin Lin (teeing off at 3.32pm) and Joe Long (teeing off at 1.26pm).

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

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