It took a down-to-the-wire performance, but Jordan Sherratt won the Master of the Amateurs Friday in a playoff with Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley.
Sherratt, who hails from South Australia, finished at 4-under 284 at the Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, after getting a quick start from a first-round 66.
Cauley made up ground in Round 2 with a 65, the lowest score of the tournament. He started the final round five shots behind Sherratt, but a 69 propelled him to 4 under for the tournament as Sherratt closed in 74.
In the playoff, Cauley hit his tee shot into a bunker on the right hand side of the 18th fairway and struggled from there, allowing Sherratt an easier road to the title – which will earn him exemptions into some of the top amateur events around the world, including the British Amateur, Porter Cup and Players Amateur. He finished T-3 at the Asian Amateur and T-13 at the Canadian Amateur to close out 2009.
A source told Golfweek in December that Cauley would turn pro following the 2010 NCAA Championship.
The Master of the Amateurs featured four of the top-10 ranked players in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Amateur Rankings in Cauley (5), Daniel Beckmann (T-6), Brendan Gielow (T-6) and Sherratt (T-8).
Australians Kieran Pratt (286) and Matt Jager (287) came in third and fourth in the tournament, respectively. Fellow Australian Beckmann was at 3-over 291, tied for seventh.
Oklahoma State standout Morgan Hoffmann, a 2009 Walker Cupper, was T-7 at 3-over 291. Gielow, who also represented the United States at the Walker Cup, was T-18 at 10-over 298.
The final American to finish in the top 20, Georgia junior Russell Henley, was at 9-over 297, tied for 16th.
Matt Haines, a member of the GB&I Walker Cup squad, was T-5 at 2-over 290. Another GB&I Walker Cupper, Tommy Fleetwood, finished T-14 at 8-over 296.