Viraat Badhwar wins Australian Master of the Amateurs
Born in India, Viraat’s parents moved to Australia six years ago, to further their son’s golfing career. He has just finished high school in Queensland and later this year heads to Stanford University in California. Then college becomes his priority: there’ll be no consideration of a professional golf career just yet! It was his first time in the Australian Master of the Amateurs and his first time at Royal Melbourne, and he thoroughly enjoyed both describing the experience as very special. He’s hoping to be back next year to defend his title.
From ecstasy for the winner, to what must be agony for Australia’s highest ranked amateur golfer, Brady Watt. He has led this tournament from day one and held a commanding lead going into the final round. But big problems on the 391 metre par four 6th (4-over) and the 346-metre par four 8th (3-over) were blemishes that cost him the title.
Most scores suffered in today’s trying conditions: South Australian Chris Brown with an impressive 67, the only player to go around under 70. Melbournian Geoff Drakeford, who had sub par scores in his first three rounds, went three over today to finish third, one shot ahead of last year’s champion Nathan Holman.
The best finish among the twenty highly ranked internationals who contested this year’s event came from Scot Ewan Scott who finished fifth, one shot clear of England’s Garrick Porteous and Patrick Rodgers of the United States.
Tournament Director Peter Mann said 2013 had seen the strongest field to ever contest this event.
Viraat Badhwar will be presented with the winner’s green jacket during a gala dinner at the RACV Club in Melbourne tonight. He will join a long list of champions including Jason Day, Brendan Jones, Ben Meyer, Ashley Hall, Mark Anderson, Andrew Tampion, Toby Wilcox and Jordan Sherratt who have all won the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship.
LEADER BOARD (after final round)
279 Badhwar (Qld),
281 Watt (WA),
282 Drakeford (Vic),
283 Holman (Vic),
285 Scott (Scotland),
286 Porteous (England), Rodgers (USA),
287 Sinnott (Vic), Beaucousin (France),
289 Brown (SA),
290 Hodge (NZ), Rank (Canada)
291 Lamb (USA), Hinton (England), Rannar (Sweden), Hoeve (WA)