Vilips finishes runner-up at AJGA Simplify Boy

Australian junior star Karl Vilips has finished runner-up in the AJGA Simplify Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in Texas.

The 17-year-old has already amassed a superb resume in his short career winning the AJGA Wyndham Invitational, Polo Golf Junior Classic and Southern Amateur along with a gold medal for Australia at the Youth Olympics in October last year.

Karl Vilips Karl Vilips (Credit: AJGA)

Vilips got himself back into the tournament with an eagle at the 590-yard 17th but missed a birdie attempt at the 18th to send the tournament into a three-way playoff with Jackson Van Paris and Canon Claycomb

Claycomb was eliminated on the first extra hole following a bogey while Van Paris birdied the second playoff hole against the Australian’s par to win the title.

Vilips now moves up three places in the World Rankings to No. 38. behind fellow Australians Blake Windred (11th) and David Micheluzzi (5th).

Previous winners of the tournament include Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods, David Duval, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.