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Wellesley’s Michael Thorbjornsen tries to help US defend Junior Ryder Cup

Michael Thorbjornsen is eligible to play in next year’s US Open. David L Ryan/Globe Staff file

The US will go for its sixth straight victory in the Junior Ryder Cup when the competition is held at Golf Disneyland in Paris Monday and Tuesday, and on the American team will be Wellesley native Michael Thorbjornsen.

Thorbjornsen, 16, earned an automatic spot on the team by capturing the 2018 Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey in July in a battle with Akshay Bhatia that came down to the 36th hole.

Thorbjornsen finished third in the Junior Ryder Cup standings with 1,155 points. Bhatia finished first with 3,895.

With the win in the Junior Amateur, Thorbjornsen also earned exemptions into the 2018 US Amateur and the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach.


This is the 11th edition of the Junior Ryder Cup, contested between young golfers from the US and Europe. The teams are made up of six boys and six girls who are members of the high school graduating class of 2019 or younger.

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