Another 67 Puts Niebrugge in Contention Heading into Final Round

The amateurs are officially the story of The Open Championship this weekend, as two have now entered the top 10, in serious contention to win the Claret Jug. Paul Dunne of Ireland shot a 66 Sunday, breaking Jordan Niebrugge’s record that he tied this tournament for the lowest round by an amateur at The Open. But, Niebrugge himself is only three strokes back of Dunne, after tying his SAME record with another 67 Sunday before Dunne finished his round.

“Today was probably my best day; I hit the ball really well and had a pretty smooth round,” Niebrugge told me shortly after his third round. Jordan sits tied for 6th at (-9), trailing the likes of some of the top players in the game such as Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day, and Jordan Speith. He’s tied with some of the best names on the tour as well: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and Adam Scott.

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When asked about playing on top with those guys, Niebrugge said, “It’s pretty special playing with these guys, and we both [Niebrugge and Dunne] seemed to be striking it really well. You never know what can happen out there.”

Click here to read our interview with Jordan from last week.


Only 36 lineups on DraftKings’ Millionaire Maker had Niebrugge on their team this weekend. When he heard the stat, Niebrugge responded sarcastically, “Yeah, I heard some people were going to take me.” Somebody has to make some money this weekend from his unbelievable performance.

The last amateur to win a major was an insurance salesman from Nebraska named Johnny Goodman in 1933, when he won the U.S. Open. The last amateur to win The Open was the great Bobby Jones in 1927.

Niebrugge will tee off tomorrow at 2:00 PM BST (8:00 AM CT) and play with Sergio Garcia.


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