Aussie wins British Amateur

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Twenty-year-old Bryden Macpherson on Saturday became the first Australian winner of the British Amateur since 1954.

Bryden Macpherson on Saturday became the first Australian winner of the British Amateur since 1954 – and with it earned places in next month’s Open Championship as well as in next year’s Masters.

The 20-year-old Victorian from the Mornington Peninsular beat Scot Michael Stewart 3 & 2 in the 36-hole final at Hillside Golf Club near Southport.

There was only one shot in it with five holes to play, but Stewart bogeyed the 14th after missing from four feet and his opponent then made a 20-footer at the next.

That put Macpherson three up with three to go and although Macpherson missed the green at the short 16th, he chipped to within two feet of the pin and Stewart could not make the birdie he needed to stay alive.

The only other Australian to lift the trophy since it was first contested in 1885 was Doug Bachli.

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