Who is Christo Lamprecht, the unknown amateur leading The Open? The 22-year-old South African from Georgia Tech who stands at SIX FEET EIGHT, enjoys the hunt…and until today has never competed in a major
- Christo Lamprecht shot a five-under-par 66 to take an early lead at Royal Liverpool
- The 6-foot-8 South African is making his big Open Championship debut
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Christo Lamprecht is standing on his big debut – the 6ft 8in amateur leads The Open after an excellent opening round at Royal Liverpool.
The 22-year-old is in his senior year at Georgia Tech, where he majors in Business Administration.
The South African native, who was introduced to golf by his father at the age of three, has one eye on becoming a manager or financial adviser, but also appears to have a bright future on the course.
On Thursday, 3,500 miles from his home in Atlanta, he shot 66 in the first round of the 151st Open Championship.
By the time Lamprecht finished with a birdie on the 18th, he was two shots clear at the top of the standings, ahead of former champions Stewart Cink and Jordan Spieth.
Christo Lamprecht leads The Open after an excellent first round at Royal Liverpool
The 6-foot-8 amateur from South Africa scored seven birdies and just a couple of bogies.
Lamprecht, still 22, fist bumps his caddy at the end of his first round at a major
All the more remarkable given that this is his first major. Lamprecht scored seven birdies and just a couple of bogies at Royal Liverpool.
He made three shots in his first six holes and also finished his round with three birdies over the last five holes.
Lamprecht is playing alongside Dutchman Joost Luiten and 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen, who finished par and three over par, respectively.
At 6-foot-8, he is believed to be the tallest player in the Georgia Tech program. And the South African has turned heads since arriving in Atlanta.
Lamprecht is in his senior year at Georgia Tech and is majoring in Business Administration.
The amateur was paired with Dutchman Joost Luiten and 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen
Lamprecht booked his place at Royal Liverpool by winning the Amateur Championship in June
The South African golfer, pictured here with his mother, enjoys fishing and hunting.
He is a two-time All-American and of the 99 rounds of stroke play in his career, he has scored 70 even cards or less. In fact, he’s on his way to beating Tech mean score record.
He booked his place at Royal Liverpool by winning the Amateur Championship in June.
That earned him an invite to the 2023 Open Championship, as well as the 2024 US Open and Masters.
Lamprecht, who enjoys fishing and hunting, enrolled at Georgia Tech in 2020. But he spent his first few months studying remotely due to the pandemic.