BEN Rhodes struck a nine-under-par victory to take the Bradford Open Championship title in a knife-edge finish decided by a single shot.

The 21-year-old amateur beat the tournament's largest roster of professionals in several years with an impressive score of 131 across 36 holes.

Rhodes, who plays for Woodhall Hills Golf Club, came just ahead of Cleckheaton's Chris Green who had the advantage of being on home soil.

The next nearest competitor, Nigel Colbeck, was a huge 10 shots off the leaders who were neck-and-neck until the last.

Rhodes said: "It's not quite sunk in to be honest, it could have gone either way.

"In the first round we both did really well, then in the second we were both eight under coming up to the 18th.

"The standard of Chris's golf helped me keep my levels up and in the end I came up with the win.

"I've played the last few years and been second a couple of times.

"It's good to get one on the board."

The youngster admits it would have been a tough pill to swallow if victory had slipped out his hands after such an intense battle.

He added: "On the last two holes, Chris made two ridiculous threes from nowhere.

"We had quite a big crowd there watching and with him being a member there they were mostly cheering him.

"It was good to get it in front of them."

That final hole proved pivotal in decided the winner and there was much drama to be had.

Both players were attempting to chip onto the green with the shots tied when Rhodes's punt hit the pin.

The youngster said: "All I could hear was people saying it had hit the flag. I was trying not to get too excited.

"Chris was probably 15 to 20 foot away and we were side by side off the tee.

"It put a lot of pressure onto Chris to have to get the putt because he knew I wasn't going to miss it really."

Rhodes took joy from receiving recognition from the pros playing in the tournament and says that's the route he aims to go down eventually.

He added: "But there still needs to be lots of preparation and practice.

"There's a lot of hard work, that will pay off in the long run really."

Open organiser David Peat was impressed with how the top two spurred each other on.

He said: "There certainly was some fantastic scoring.

"It was interesting that both Ben and Chris played together in the morning."

Peat added despite the disappointing numbers the tournament would not be scrapped.

Top 10 finishers: 1 Ben Rhodes (Woodhall Hills Golf Club) 65, 66, 131, -9; 2 Chris Green (Cleckheaton) 65, 67, 132, -8; 3 Nigel Colbeck (Cleckheaton) 73, 69, 142, +2; 4 Jordan Clements (Northcliffe) 71, 71, 142, +2; 5 Tom Vertigans (Cleckheaton) 70, 72, 142, +2; 6 Terry Brushwood (Bingley St Ives) 72, 72, 144, +4; 7 Lee Shepherd (Professional) 71, 73, 144, +4; 8 Daniel Thomas (Shipley) 69, 75, 144, +4; 9 Calum Hey (Professional) 75, 71, 146, +6; 10 James Darcy (Bingley St Ives) 73, 73, 146, +6.