American Jsmithers claimed his second consecutive eTour victory at the BMW International Open. The father of five from Dixon, Illinois, real name Joshua Smith, continued his impressive form in the eTour series by defeating Young46 in the final by a 2&1 margin, taking home the $5,000 first prize.
“It feels wonderful,” said Jsmithers following his victory in the final. “Last year I was just happy to be here. Travelling to Abu Dhabi was an amazing experience and I knew I just needed to put in a little more work to get to where I needed to be”.
Smith came into the BMW International Open tournament as the second seed following another impressive qualification campaign. His opening round match saw him face eTour debutant Jalal0038 from Lebanon, in which he won five holes without reply to take the match 5&3.
Smith faced another debutant in the semi-final in Evan Cook, known in game as ECC370. Cook had edged through his quarter final match against Kelsp and provided more of a test for Jsmithers who was only 1 Up through thirteen holes.
However, birdies without reply at 14, 15 and 16 saw Smith secure his spot in the final and set up an exciting head-to-head with one of the WGT greats, Young46. Young46, real name Jason Young, had a bumpier journey to the final.
Following a relatively smooth victory against Luked9, Young46 faced the WGT all-time career money leader fmagnets, who many say is the best player in the game. This would be the fourth time these players have faced up against each other on the eTour, with Young46 winning all three previous encounters including two semi-final matches.
Fmagnets was one down with two to play before making a 30-foot putt for birdie on 17 to level the match, which was no surprise to Young46.