Stanford signee Badhwar wins Australian Master of Amateurs

Tianlang Guan
Tianlang Guan ( Associated Press )

Friday, January 11, 2013

Stanford signee Viraat Badhwar shot a final-round 70 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club to win the Australian Master of the Amateurs. Badhwar finished at 9-under 279 (67-74-68-70), two shots ahead of 54-hole leader Brady Watt.

Watt, No. 16 in the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking, held a four-shot lead entering the final round. He'd held at least a share of the lead after each of the first three rounds. He closed with a 78 after shooting 68 or better in each of the first three rounds.

Badhwar, the world's No. 94 amateur, won the 2012 Toyota Junior World Cup and was runner-up at the Australian Junior.

Australia's Geoff Drakeford finished third at 282, while defending champion Nathan Holman was another shot back. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers finished sixth at 2-under 286 (72-73-71-70).

Asia-Pacific Amateur champ Tianlang Guan finished 19th at 6-over 294, following a first-round 68 with rounds of 76-74-76. Cal's Brandon Hagy was a shot back of Guan after shooting 73-79-70-73.

Peter Williamson, No. 4 in the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking, finished at 301 after failing to break par in any of the four rounds. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.