Australian Master of the Amateurs Preview: A Look Inside the Field

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The 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship will take place January 8th – 11th at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The Australian Master of the Amateurs features a world class international field with some of the top-ranked amateur golfers in the world.

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One of the most intriguing players to watch in the 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship is Guan Tianlang. The 14-year-old Tianlang earned an invitation to the 2013 Masters by way of his victory at the Asia-Pacific Amateur. He will become the youngest player to ever compete in the Masters when he tees it up at Augusta National Golf Club in April.

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The highest ranked golfer in the field is Peter Williamson. Williamson is ranked 4th in the official WAGR. Williamson has a very successful 2012 season, capturing victories at the Southern Amateur and the prestigious North & South Amateur.

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Australia’s top-ranked amateur Brady Watt is in the field. Watt is ranked 16th in the official WAGR. Watt won three times in his 2012 season. Watt was victorious at the City of Perth Championship, Dunes Medal, and the Keperra Bowl. Also representing Australia is Taylor MacDonald. MacDonald the 31st ranked amateur golfer in the world and recently won the Port Phillip Open Amateur & Victoria Amateur. In November, MacDonald shot a 57(-14) in a practice round for the Federal Amateur Open in Canberra.

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Two Stanford golfers are in the field. Stanford is represented by Patrick Rodgers, the 13-ranked amateur in the WAGR. Rodgers is a sophomore and a favorite for the United States Walker Cup Team. Also joining Rodgers in representing Stanford is incoming freshman Viraat Badhwar. A native of Australia, Badhwar is ranked 97 in the official WAGR and won the 2012 Toyota Junior World Cup.

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University of California junior Brandon Hagy is also in the field. Hagy is the 12th-ranked amateur in the world and was the co-bronze medalist at the 2012 U.S. Amateur. Hagy won the San Francisco City Golf Championship and the New Year’s Invitational. Hagy also captured victories at the Allister MacKenzie Invitational, California State Fair Amateur, and the NCAA West Regional. Hagy’s University of California Golden Bears have won every single collegiate tournament they competed in this season. They are currently the top-ranked collegiate team.