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Leesburg teen eagles final hole to win Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship

Michael Brennan reacts after draining an eagle putt on the 18th hole to conclude his final round at the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship.—Photo Courtesy/Golf Tourism Solutions
Michael Brennan shot even par through 54 holes at TPC Myrtle Beach to win the boys' title at the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, contested Feb. 23-25 in South Carolina.

The Leesburg teen bested a field of 65 golfers from 19 states in the 54-hole, college style event.

Sitting in a three-way tie for the lead, Brennan eagled the par-5 18th hole during his final round to earn a two-shot victory over Ben Carr (Georgia) and Akshay Bhatia (North Carolina).

With the wind at his back on the 18th hole, Brennan hit a 4-iron approximately 230 yards to the green on his second shot. He drained the ensuing putt from 20 feet for an eagle.

Brennan, a student at Tuscarora High School, produced rounds of 72, 71 and 73 to finish at even par on the par-72 course that spans 6,997 yards.

"Definitely," Brennan responded when asked if this was one of the best wins of his amateur career. "It's one of the bigger events I've played in."

Carr and Bhatia each finished at 2-over par to tie for second place. George Duangmanee (+7) of Fairfax tied for seventh place.

Alexa Pano (+2) of Florida won the girls' title by four shots.

With the support of Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, the tournament provided players a PGA Tour-like experience and the opportunity to test themselves against some of the best junior golfers.


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