Watt takes 4-shot lead at Australian Master of Amateurs

Tianlang Guan
Tianlang Guan ( Associated Press )

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Australia’s Brady Watt will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Australian Master of the Amateurs. Watt, No. 16 in the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings, is at 13-under 203 (67-68-68). He’s the only player to break 70 in the first three rounds at famed Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

France’s Teremoana Beaucousin and Australia’s Geoff Drakeford are tied for third at 207. Beaucousin shot 68 Thursday, while Drakeford shot a second consecutive 70. Stanford signee Viraat Badhwar is in fourth place at 7-under 209 (67-74-68).

Asia-Pacific Amateur champ Tianlang Guan is 15 shots off the pace after a third-round 74. Guan was one shot off the pace after a first-round 68 at Royal Melbourne, but followed with rounds of 76-74.

Tennessee’s Richard Lamb is the low American at 2-under 214 (70-70-74). Stanford sophomore Patrick Rodgers is T-13 at even-par 216 (72-73-71), while Cal’s Brandon Hagy is at 6-over 222 (73-79-70). Peter Williamson is at 9-over 225 (76-73-76). Williamson, No. 4 in the R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, is the highest-ranked player in the field.

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