Team Vietnam win second annual Doosan Friends Cup at Royal Birkdale
Nguyen (Tommy) Phuong Toan and Truong Chi Quan from Vietnam held off a strong a challenge from Scotland’s Ben Canton and Connor Wilson to win the second annual Doosan Friends Cup which was held at Royal Birkdale on the Monday following The Open.
The Doosan Friends Cup is a collaboration between The Open and Doosan with the aim of growing the game of golf around the world and exposing The Open to potential future participants.
Youngsters from England, Korea, Scotland and Vietnam were invited to test their skills and play on the famous Southport links after being hosted by Doosan during and third and final rounds of The Open.
Playing from the Championship tees with Sunday’s pin positions the four teams played a better ball match over 18 holes. Team Vietnam shot a level-par 70, while Scotland closed with a very respectable two-over-par 72 in a better ball team competition.
Following the match, Vietnam’s Toan said, “I can't thank Doosan and The Open enough for the opportunity to come to Royal Birkdale. It has been an amazing learning experience to watch the best players in the world and then challenge myself on the same course.
“This experience has inspired me and has taught me many great lessons. The game of golf is not only about the player but also about the help we receive and give each other as a community.
“My aim has always been to grow the game of golf in my home country as we only have under 100 junior golfers. I will be playing college golf this September and attending the Asian Tour Q-school final stage this January. This week at The Open has given me a purpose, to inspire the next generations of Vietnamese golfers by setting a good example. Even though the Championship is over, my mind is still blown away by how amazing this week has been.”
England: Christopher Edge and Byron Evans
Korea: Taehyong Jang and Dongwon Kim
Vietnam: Truong Chi Quan and Nguyen Phuong Toan
Scotland: Ben Canton and Connor Wilson