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JeffFrom a quick scan of wikipedia I see that the last multiple winner was Gary Wolstenholme who won in 2003 and prior to that 1991. You have to go back to the 1970's to find further multiple winners in Peter McEvoy, Dick Siderowf and Trevor Homer who all won twice and right at the start of the 70's Michael Bonnallack who won it 5 times.Peter McEvoy did make the final again in 1987 but apart from that there doesn't appear to be any repeat finalists. I might be wrong in saying that but at any rate not having the defending champion doesn't seem to have significantly weakened the field. Of course the reason for that might be that the top amateurs tend to turn professional quite quickly but they will do that anyway.Niall
If the Amateur was moved, it might get a few more top US players over there also.
The final just finished with a young 17 year old South African by the name of Aldrich Potgieter winning 3&2 over Sam Bairstow after Potgieter being 7 up for most of the match. A very impressive performance and this young lad looks like he could be a world beater in a few years time. I also like the fact he's the antithesis of the tall rangy athletic type. As an aside another thing I loved about the coverage was a relative absence of statistics. Beyond commenting on whether they were hitting a driver, 3 wood or iron off the tee the commentators there was no analysis of what club they would be playing and I can't recall once hearing how far they had driven. Niall