Master of Amateur's dramatic turnaround

BY Bruce Young | Australian Mens Amateur Tour | 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs | Wrap | 11 Jan 2013

In a dramatic turnaround on day four of the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne’s West Course today, Queenslander Viraat Bhadwar has come from a massive six shots off the 54 hole lead to defeat long time leader Brady Watt by two shots with another shot back to local golfer Geoff Drakeford with defending champion Nathan Holman finishing one shot further back in 4th position.

The 17 year old Bhadwar produced a final round of 70 to overcome the West Australian, Watt, who had appeared the winner for much of the event. Watt’s final round of 78 was a shock given he was the only player in the field to record his opening three rounds in the 60’s.

Two and a half months ago Bhadwar, from the Indooroopilly Golf Club in Brisbane, was upstaged by Watt at the Keperra Bowl event in that city but today Bhadwar turned the tables.

Bhadwar, a recent graduate from the Kelvin Grove State College in Brisbane has signed to play collegiate golf in the US at the famed Stanford University. Originally from India, Bhadwar has spent the last few years in Australia and is clearly a young man on the way up in amateur golf.

Bhadawar was a member of the winning Australian Toyota World Junior team and the leading individual in that event in 2012. Bhadwar is also a former winner of the Callaway World Junior Championship.

The day’s best round and the only one in the 60’s was that of Christopher Brown of the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide whose round of 67 was the best by three.

In the team’s event which consisted of two players per country, Brady Watt and Taylor Macdonald for Australia tied with the USA’s Brandon Hagy and Patrick Rogers.

Most of those competing this week will now turn their attention to the Australian Amateur Championship at the Woodlands and Commonwealth Golf Clubs next week

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