Originally created 07/20/98

Immelman wins Public Links title



SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Trevor Immelman of South Africa beat Jason Dufner of Olmsted Falls, Ohio 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final Saturday to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Immelman, 18, who earned an invitation to the 1999 Masters with his triumph, never trailed in the match, taking a 2-up lead after two holes as Dufner opened with two bogeys. Immelman bogeyed the 16th hole to have his lead reduced to one, but came back on the 17th with a par that put him ahead 2-up.

Dufner had a chance to halve the margin again with a birdie at 18 but Immelman also birdied the hole to maintain a 2-up advantage midway through the match.

"To win a USGA event like this is unbelievable. You dream about things like this and when they happen you have to pinch yourself," Immelman said. "This is only the second time that my parents got to see me play this year, and it was nice to be able to bring it home for them."

It was Immelman's sixth national tournament final in 15 months and only his second victory.