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Teenager Mukherjee makes golf history as youngest winner of Scottish Men’s Amateur

Oliver hails ‘pretty cool’ achievement at Gailes Links in annual showpiece

Oliver hails ‘pretty cool’ achievement at Gailes Links in annual showpiece

Teenager Oliver Mukherjee made history at Gailes Links as he won the Scottish Men’s Amateur.

The Craigielaw prodigy is thought to be the youngest-ever winner of the annual showpiece event, which he achieved by beating Gregor Tait in the final in Ayrshire.

At 16, Mukherjee already has a collection of titles to his name – and has no plans to stop any time soon.

“I went into it aiming to make the round of 16,” he told our sister title bunkered following his win.

“With the way the amateur ranking works, that would have given me enough points to reach one of my targets for the year. After that, I just took each game at a time.

“I had a good feeling at the start of the week. I played a few practice rounds and I felt like it would be a good week for me.”

Mukherjee, whose twin Sam and younger brother Cameron are also talented juniors, claimed he was always going all-out to win despite his tender years.

“Personally, I don’t think there’s any point in playing if you’re not trying to win,” he said.

“That’s not in an arrogant way. It’s just the way you should play golf.

“Last year, I was playing in men’s events and I was just playing to make the cut.

“If you do that and fall short, you miss the cut. If you’re trying to win and fall short, you could still finish in the top 15.

“I’m always nervous. It’s just about how you handle it. I’ve got a checklist of things I do before every tournament, and I know if I do those things, I’ll be okay.”

Mukherjee’s star is rising – and he is aiming for the very top.

“I would love to play on the PGA Tour and become the best golfer in the world, but it’s step by step,” he added.

“That’s one of the most important things. I set goals at the start of the year. You have to set smaller goals in order to reach the others.

“If you’ve got a plan, it’s more likely to happen. But my No.1 goal is to keep getting better and see what happens.”

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